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Dramatically different! Check out all the differences between the dress styles of Popes Benedict and Francis Comments

The differences between Popes Benedict and Francis are quite substantive, and their superficial trappings also indicate this. Recently, side-by-side comparisons of the two papal styles have become popular across the internet. Continue Reading

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  1. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    It seems that they are people just like us ... dressing differently as we do.
    Still, it shows the Holy Spirit at work dealing different gifts. It shows the Holy Spirit at work in its richness giving 2 different Popes according to the needs of the times, the Church and Its people. What Love! It shows the varied beauty of God's Church and His people, the Growth of His Church, the living-ness of His Church.
    It reminds us to pray for each other, religious and the Church...to forgive...to keep it real. LOL
    It points us to receive the gifts of each other, each person, each priest, each Pope; and to value the gifts we receive. It commands us to love and receive and give. It shows the compassionate Mercy of God to take the ordinary and make it into beauty. It mirrors God's Love for me, for everybody. It is a template for the universality and continuity for the One True Victorious Church. It challenges us to trust and not to be afraid.
    And it is MARVELOUS! Praise God!!! Praise Jesus for His Majestic, Magnificent Presence in the Church.

  2. Janet O'Connor
    1 year ago

    I tend to agree with both TJ and Helen in that this constant comparisons between Francis and Benedict do nothing than to try to divide the two Popes Catholics and the Church. I expect this from the secular Press but not the Catholic Press 3 months into this new Papacy. What is different is the Personality and the style of the Liturgy as well as yes the Garments and vestments. But it also needs to be remember how much different Benedict was from John Paul II and so on. This attempt is to whether intended to convey a message that Benedict was NOT humble and simple. He also connected with people personally. Go to the You Tube site called "Paparatzifan" and you will see Benedict reaching out to touch people and bless them and yes to shake hands. Fr John from WEB OF FAITH pointed this out more than 3 times but too many Catholics fall into this trap. Ask Francis himself he told the Movements on Pentecost NOT to focus on him but JESUS. These two are more alike than you all may be aware of.

  3. LRT
    1 year ago

    This is all the information the toy stores would need to manufacture a Pope Francis doll! St. Rose of Lima would heal the "patients" that would come to her parents home with a 12" statue of Jesus, she called "the little doctor"! I would buy a Pope Francis doll...

  4. TJ
    1 year ago

    "Pope Emeritus Benedict has always been a regal personality who has enjoyed the trappings of the Vatican and his office as pope." Who writes this garbage? Ditto Helen ("articles like this are a waste of time"), Amanda ("you say this is not meant to create an impression of a superior pope over another but that is exactly what it does") and Reynato ("The effect is that Benedict is presented as extravagant even unworthy of the seat of Peter"). Pope Benedict was not in the Chair of Peter for the "trappings." He would not have resigned his office if that were the case. Having met then Cardinal Ratzinger on a couple occasions and spent time in his presence I can tell you that he is a most humble man. The "trappings", as you call them, show his reverence for the office of Pope and give glory to God. He saw the importance of these items, especially in the liturgy, in helping us to realize the sacredness of the Mass or other liturgies we were participating in. Pope Francis is his own man and has his own charism. They each bring their own gifts to the Chair of Peter and to the Church. It is a waste of time to compare them. You are only playing into the hands of the secular media.

  5. Ma. Perpetua Teresa L. Ilustre
    1 year ago

    Living as a true Jesuit, Pope Francis continues to inspire us in our daily lives. God bless him!

  6. BINU ANTONY
    1 year ago

    If the styles are different it doesn't matter we respect both of them because they are chosen one and our lord Jesus Christ seprate them for leading his church
    prais the lord and we must pray for both of them
    we can say 1. our father , 1. hail mary , 1. glory be to Amen Amen

  7. abey
    1 year ago

    Not to the material but to the substance like Jesus described in Revelation Ch. 1, unto the beloved Apostle.

  8. Helen Hawkins
    1 year ago

    They have different chrisms. They have brought different gifts to the world. Both share humility, intelligence and devout love of God.

    I think that such articles like this are basically a waste of time.

  9. Amanda
    1 year ago

    I know you say this is not meant to create an impression of a superior pope over another but that is exactly what it does. Comparing Francis and Benedict has occurred in the secular media these past few months, particularly with articles and images like this. In combination with the Pope Francis atheist story a few weeks ago (which then was SORT of retracted with a follow-up article), I would suggest to be more careful of the articles you are choosing.

  10. Reynato A. Clarin
    1 year ago

    What the author is implying the differences? The effect is that Benedict is presented as extravagant even unworthy of the seat of Peter.
    Remember when Martha complained to Jesus that her sister Mary is just sitting and listening to the men while she and the rest of the women are busy. Jesus' answers is that Mary has her own duty as well as she Martha or the rest of the women.
    Please don't make comparisons. They are both servants of the Lord and each has his duty and role different but equal for His Glory.


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