|Like a bhikkhu: St. Francis (theabbeyfarm)|
- Correction: This article originally omitted context for a quotation that referred to a poem that is among the manuscripts, “Canticle of the Sun,” as perhaps the foundation of the Italian language and “the first text ever known in vernacular.” The distinction applies to literary texts, not to texts of any kind. (Other texts, including legal documents and brief poems, preceded it).
|Modern inspiration from medieval manuscripts (Alessandro Grassani/nytimes.com)|
|St. Francis and the animals (mettarefuge)|
Who was St. Francis?
|San Francisco is Spanish for "Saint Francis," a relict of California's Mission invasion.|
|Another Francis, Francis Xavier|
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|Fresco of St. Francis delivering the "Sermon to the Birds" by Giotto (scrumpdillyicious)|
|I'm Francis, too!|
He said the Vatican was riven with "existential schizophrenia," "social exhibitionism," "spiritual Alzheimer's," and a lust for power -- all of which made for an "orchestra that plays out of tune."
The outspoken pope also warned against greed, egoism, and people who think they are "immortal."
It is not the first time the 78-year-old has taken on the scandal-hit, intrigue-filled Curia, and called for them to renounce gossip and act responsibly.
|Pope Francis, flanked by Swiss Guards, addresses the Curia More|
He slammed those who are slave to their "passions, caprices, and manias" as well as those who "possess a heart of stone and a stiff neck."
|We're the new Yellow Hats.|
Gossip is "evil"
And with relish, he also returned to one of his favorite themes: the evils of gossip.
Backstabbing by "cowards who don't have the courage to say things openly" is tantamount to "murder in cold blood," he said.
|Vatican Press Office: Pope Francis (man on left)|
But religious expert Gianni Valente told La Stampa's Vatican Insider that he would also be applauded for "calling the diseases which plague his surroundings by their names."
His performance "foiled once more the stereotype of the 'Latin American Martian' who is unaccustomed to the Roman and European 'complexities' with which his detractors and aspiring courtiers try to neutralize him," he said.
Francis was elected in March last year on a mandate to overhaul the Vatican and put an end to decades of infighting within the powerful but troubled body.
|St. Francis and St. Clare by Giotto, Brother Sun Sister Moon (scrumpdillyicious)|
Since then he has establish a series of specialist bodies to tackle corruption and poor management, including the naming of eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on the Curia's overhaul.
Save the Children
|Pope Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi address at the Vatican on Xmas, which often looks like a Nuremberg rally, which is not a surprise given that dictator Adolf Hitler was a nominal Catholic (Osservatore Romano/Reuters).|
|Why does the caged bird sing?|
[B]eyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap [no karma or no work?]; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.
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Tour delle imponenti mostre e gallerie dei Musei Vaticani storico-artistici. Visitiamo le sculture e tesori dell'Impero Romano nel Museo Pio-Clementino, il Museo Egizio, il mondo famose Stanze di Raffaello, le opere di Michelangelo, le gallerie degli Arazzi e mappe così come i giardini lussureggianti. Nonostante ciò, andiamo a Castel Sant'Angelo con il suo caratteristico Ponte e Piazza San Pietro.