No more tiara but pomp and pageantry remain


COMMON TOUCH Before entering the Vatican’s parish church, which serves hundreds of residents, Pope Francis shook the hands of parishioners and kissed babies. He began his first Sunday as Pontiff by making an impromptu public appearance from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers. AP

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will be installed Tuesday in what is expected to be the biggest papal installation ceremony in history.

Italian newspapers said at least a million people should turn up for the event.

A Mass at 9:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m., Manila time) will precede the installation, which is expected at around 1 p.m. (8 p.m. in Manila).

In keeping with the new Pope’s policy of making the Church closer to the people, the Vatican said it would not regulate the crowd. “No tickets will be issued for that Mass,” the press office said. “All who wish may attend.”

Although there will be no coronation, the papal installation will still have the pomp and pageantry of ancient papal coronations, observers said.

The last Pope to be crowned with the tiara was Paul VI in 1963. He abolished the practice when he became Pope.

“Obviously any papal installation beats any royal coronation or wedding,” said a Dominican apostolic confessor at Santa Maria Maggiore, where Francis offered flowers to the Madonna after his election on March 14.

“You’re talking about the inauguration of the Pope who’s leader of the biggest Christian denomination and the largest religion in the world,” he said.

Although some of the 6,000 press people accredited for the papal conclave have left, the Vatican media office said it expected as many press people to cover the installation, more than the 1,000 journalists who sought accreditation at the beatification of the very popular Pope John Paul II in 2011.

Even the non-Catholic evangelical broadcast station 700 Club and the Arab media agency Al Jazeera have sought accreditation.

Donate money to the poor


The installation will also be attended by heads of states and governments eager to be in the good graces of the Vatican, which runs the world’s oldest and perhaps most successful diplomatic corps.

The United States will be represented by Vice President Joseph Biden, and the Philippines by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

After the installation, according to the Vatican press office, the Pope “will receive the leaders of the official delegations at the Confessional Altar inside the Basilica.”

As he did in 2001, when he was made a cardinal by John Paul II, Francis has called on his Argentine countrymen not to come anymore to his installation and to donate instead the money for the trip to the poor.

But his appeal has largely fallen on deaf ears. Argentinians, led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, are expected to descend in droves to the installation of their proudest son.

Italians, who had held on to the papacy for centuries until the Polish Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978, would hardly feel left out since Francis has Italian lineage. He also speaks fluent Italian, although with a Spanish accent.

He has further endeared himself to the Italians by choosing Francis as his papal name. St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Italy.

Profiteers also around

Souvenir profiteers have found a windfall in the Francis frenzy, selling postcards of the new Pope smiling from the papal balcony on the night of his election for half a euro (P30) each.

The installation ceremonies will feature changes that reflect the reforms of modern popes in the past half a century.

It was Paul VI (1963-1978) who instituted broad papal changes that continue to affect the Church today. It was also Paul who mandated that cardinals who have reached 80 years old will not be eligible to take part in a papal conclave.

Papal crown sold

Although there are 155 cardinals in the world today, only 115 took part in the recent conclave.

Also upon receiving the tiara in 1963, Paul VI promptly sold his crown to the Americans and abolished the practice of coronation, the better for the papacy to shed its absolutist monarchist traces.

In the installations of the next popes, the tiara would remain, but it would be lodged on the head of the ebony statue of St. Peter, the first Pope, in the basilica named after him, which is the biggest church in the world.

The tiara that will now be lodged on the head of St. Peter will bear the Latin titles of the three ministries of Christ that his Vicar—the Pope—should perform: as Teacher, Prophet and Servant.

John Paul II abolished the practice of the cardinals paying public fealty to the new Pope during the installation ceremonies. During his installation in 2005, Benedict reaffirmed the innovation of his predecessor and received merely the homage of the representative cardinals of the various churches.

Homage to Francis

But before he stepped down on Feb. 28, Benedict issued a decree to restore the practice, so that all of the cardinal-electors will have to be present in his installation Tuesday to pay public homage to Francis.

It was also Benedict who widened the pallium, the tie-like collar whose end extends down to the floor that the Pope traditionally wears in solemn liturgical events.

As a result, Francis, noted for his simple fashion statements, will have to follow the example of Benedict and wear a wider and more fashion-elaborate pallium.

Wide or narrow, the pallium symbolizes the Christ-like qualities of the Pope and the need for him to follow the example of Jesus. It is brought together by three pins symbolizing the three nails that impaled Christ on the cross.

Papal motto

During the installation, Francis will receive the so-called fisherman’s ring (St. Peter was a fisherman). No design yet has emerged for the ring. In the past, Popes received rings with the symbol of a fisherman’s boat.

Also not yet known is the papal motto.

As Buenos Aires archbishop, Pope Francis’s motto was “Miserando atque eligendo” (Lowly, but chosen”).

John Paul’s motto was “Totus tuus” (Truly yours), while Benedict’s was “Cooperatores Veritatis,” which means “Coworkers of the Truth.”

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  • epal_ako

    sana naman maging curious ang mga katoliko kung bakit iniiwasan na ng roma ang paggamit ng tiara na yan at nang magising na sila sa katotohanan in order to be saved come judgment day…

    • MrPaulJ

      anung pinagsasabi mo? hehehe

    • prince_janus

      good luck to you! don’t judge the catholics. maybe you are a burnt against christian!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        a burnt against christian ?. the cathoilcs never judge yeah right you just judged

      • Populovich

        The Bible is very clear: those who perished without Jesus Christ will burn in the eternal lake of fire. God and the Bible is greater than the pope and the traditional teachings of man. For now you may laugh at this biblical truth. The word of God is true, man is a liar.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        and where did you get your bible? your old testament lacks the 7 books deleted by damasong marting luther. coz it contradicts his teaching thats why!

      • Populovich

        I believe you are not a bible-reader because if you are you will know the truth and the fallacy. Read also history and archeological findings. I used to be a devout catholic, raised on the traditional teachings of catholic until I read the bible myself and learned I have been deceived. Now I have the wisdom and understanding of the plan and will of God to man. God bless you in your search for truth.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        ah you read the bible? where in the bible that it says SOLA SCRIPTURA?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        sino founder ng religion nyo? kailan nag umpisa religion nyo?

      • Mama Eli

        your pastors deceived you.

      • Ryan_The_Great83

        As a devoteed Catholic, we don’t worship Pope and we worship only one GOD that manifested in flesh which Jesus Christ. Mahirap kasi pag hindi ka Katoliko kasi madaling maghusga ng kapwa. Kaya nga kaming mga Katoliko hindi kami mahilig manira ng ibang religion at nirerespeto namin ang kanilang paniniwala di tulad ng mga bagong sulpot na religion ngayon.

      • Populovich

        No religion can save a soul, only Jesus Christ, who died, rose again and lives forever. Make Him as your pope if you are looking for one.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        heretics were burned! they re not christians! they dont believe in the divinity of Christ! They dont believe that God the Father and Jesus are one! they deserved to die since they preached fallacies!

        modern day heretics knew their death in HELL before they die!

      • Jarred Pulido

        Question if God is a kind, loving, merciful and forgiving.Why would he punish souls to eternal pain and suffering? If that is the case GOD in not kind, loving, merciful and forgiving as we all know GOD is.

      • rbrtsmith

        let me add.. and if vatican is a holy bastion of the holies, why are there so many secrets in there? i supposed the shepherd should impart all the information for their flocks wisdom..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        I thought you read the bible…scholar ni pastor does not know? hohoho!

        Anyway, first, there is free will! Need to explain? God did not punish the soul to eternal pain, its the free will of the person to do bad and having sins has punishments!

        God loves the people! that is why He sent His only begotten Son to save us!

        Ano ba turo ng pastor sa nyo? Kabalitaran ano! Kung sa bagay, utak pastor!

        Ito sa bible! Basahin mo at iba turo ng pastor nyo!

        No Salvation Outside of the Church :
        “Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus”

        There is no salvation outside of Christ, and the Church is the Bride of Christ — become His Body, one Flesh in marriage. Therefore, there is no salvation outside of the Church and not belonging formally to the Catholic Church is objectively sinful:

        Matthew 18:17
        “If he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as a heathen and a publican”

        Luke 10:16
        “He that heareth you heareth Me, and he that despiseth you despiseth Me, and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me”

        Mark 16:16
        “He that believeth not will be condemned”

        John 3:18
        “He that believeth not is already judged”

        Luke 11:23
        “He that is not with Me is against Me and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth”

      • Jarred Pulido

        Ah ok. SAbi kasi sa akin ng Dominican Priest nung nasa college pa ako GOD is a loving, kind and mercifull GOD and will not judge anyone one because GOD loves all of us even if we don’t believe in him. He will not condemn the sinners as most holier than thou people like you. And according to the S.J. priest who talk to us during our masters degree that we should love our fellow man. Race, religion or state in life we are all children of GOD.
        As for a PASTOR I don’t know one. And kamusta na nga pala yung imaginary friend mo / Cheryl ba yun? nagkikita pa ba kayo? Musta naman mga gamot mo? naiinom mo ba? Musta naman ang crusades? Na huli ka ata at umalis na ang mga kasama mong crusaders papunta ng holy lang ilang dang taon na nakalipas. Sayang sana umabot ka.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        hahaha, i thought your intelligent enough to read those…same like your pastor or born against friend, whatever.

        Children of God, yeah correct if you are baptized with water and spirit!
        But the thing is what you follow is different…(heretic style). You dont baptize with water! You just say personal Lord and Savoir and that s it!

        And have you ask those priests that if you re not a Catholic you can be saved? Oh I guess, you missed that important question!

      • Populovich

        John 1:12 (NIV) Yet to all who received him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–

      • ganipecson

        Sounds too fanatic…

    • done_druff

      Ano ba ang katotohan? Baka alam mo at share mo naman dito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Mark-Batu-de-Guzmán/1614760226 John Mark Batu-de Guzmán

    Poor news. there is no installation for the Pope. The Mass is only to commence the Petrine ministry of the Pope.

    • mhertz

      More so, it says the Pope as the leader of biggest Christian denomination. Catholicisms is not a Christian dinomination. Catholics originated Christianity.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Mark-Batu-de-Guzmán/1614760226 John Mark Batu-de Guzmán

        y eso lo digo yo!!!ole!!


    THIS can be the start of something BONUM. With the help of the people around him, Francis could make substantial inroads on the malpractices of the RCCh that have considerably tarnished the establishment inwardly and ourwardly.

    • ganipecson

      UrHONOR, The history of the Catholic Church has been marred by evil deeds and practices perpetrated by those who failed to fight evil and temptations and yet God does not allow its destruction. Truly build upon the rock.

      • UrHONOR

        Cecilio, there are a lot of religions older and more stable than RCCh…Jewish, Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. Age or length of time has nothing to do with the quality of one’s belief. Using one’s intelligence and nothing else will yield that which will accord one the greatest peace of mind and happiness in seeking the truth.

      • Mama Eli

        Using one’s intelligence?

        islam is older than Catholic church? HAHAHA. matalino ka nga iho.

  • Populovich

    The papacy is now becoming greater than Jesus Christ, the true head of the Church. Among us, the pope is becoming the center of our worship and adoration. Our focus is no longer on the living God but to a self-proclaimed supreme pontiff. I hope the new pope will instead lead people only to Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again to give us eternal life.

    • prince_janus

      Hahahaha. Inggit lang yan Populovich! Buti pa tumahimik ka nalang kung wala kang magandang masabi. Di ka kasi Katoliko!

      • Populovich

        Yes, I am not kato-liko. I am kato-tuwid. The right path is Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is not your God then you are truly lost. You need Him for salvation. Read the Bible and open your hearts and mind to God’s word.

      • rbrtsmith

        i am a catholic but you hit it right bro. prince anus is just fanatical categorically.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chaomarco Marconi de Leon

        hindi ka din catholic rbrsmith

      • rbrtsmith

        well,then you belong to the real one?i was catholic by default( my parents baptize me as one). i follow the basic teachings of catholics, i shunned some rituals and limits my religious adoration to the supreme being only, not to any mortals.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        katoliko ito…sa laway!

      • rbrtsmith

        and you openly declare that you are the real catholic?

      • done_druff

        And who said it’s not Jesus the path to salvation if you are a Catholic?

      • http://www.facebook.com/selana.heussaff Selana Heussaff

        hindi me-KATOK ka populovich!

    • xrisp

      Brother, no offense meant but It is simply understanding our faith correctly putting everything in its proper places. Nothing more.

    • Yxon

      maybe just because of the media or of the current electronic age that the subject is made available to many? or maybe just a misconception of the organization? the Pope is just the head servant of the church and being Christians, Catholics (also) knew of its role and difference with Christ.

    • done_druff

      I don’t think so. People pray when asked to pray; they go to mass on a regular basis as well as go to confession and say the Novena. What you are seeing is just common celebration and not worship. Did you hear or see people asking forgiveness from the Pope?

    • Don Dee

      Huh? The Pope is a mere representative of Jesus! Every Catholic knows that! I am betting you are one of those born agains whose pastors have no direct disciplic succession that can be traced back to the first pope which was St. Peter — the Rock upon whom Jesus Himself built His church. Hindi basta nakabasa ng bibliya pwede ng mangaral.

      • Populovich

        You must be ignorant yet of the bible. You must have been hearing from traditional men rather than from the bible. To aid you with good understanding may I refer you to the verse that says it: Matthew 16:18, read the whole context.

        Verse 18. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter. The word Peter, in Greek, means a rock. It was given to Simon by Christ when he called him to be a disciple, John 1:42. Cephas is a Syriac word, meaning the same as Peter-a rock, or stone. The meaning of this phrase may be thus expressed: “Thou, in saying that I am the Son of God, hast called me by a name expressive of my true character. I, also, have given to thee a name expressive of your character. I have called you Peter, a rock, denoting firmness, solidity; and your confession has shown that the name is appropriate. I see that you are worthy of the name, and will be a distinguished support of my religion.

        And upon this rock, etc. This passage has given rise to many different interpretations. Some have supposed that the word rock refers to Peter’s confession; and that he meant to say, upon this rock—this truth that thou hast confessed, that I am the Messiah-and upon confessions of this from all believers, I will build my church. Confessions like this shall be the test of piety; and in such confessions shall my church stand amidst the flames of persecution-the fury of the gates of hell. Others have thought that he referred to himself. Christ is called a rock, Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:8. And it has been thought that he turned from Peter to himself, and said: “Upon this rock, this truth that I am the Messiah-upon myself as the Messiah-I will build my church.” Both these interpretations, though plausible, seem forced upon the passage to avoid the main difficulty in it. Another interpretation is, that the word rock refers to Peter himself. This is the obvious meaning of the passage; and had it not been that the church of Rome has abused it, and applied it to what was never intended, no other would have been sought for. “Thou art a rock. Thou hast shown thyself firm in and fit for the work of laying the foundation of the church. Upon thee will I build it. Thou shalt be highly honored; thou shalt be first in making known the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles.” This was accomplished. See Acts 2:14-36, where he first preached to the Jews, and Acts 10:1 and following, where he preached the gospel to Cornelius and his neighbors, who were Gentiles. Peter had thus the honor of laying the foundation of the church among the Jews and Gentiles. And this is the plain meaning of this passage. See also Galatians 2:9. But Christ did not mean, as the Roman Catholics say he did, to exalt Peter to supreme authority above all the other apostles, or to say that he was the only one on whom he would rear his church. See Acts 15, where the advice of James, and not of Peter, was followed. See also Galatians 2:11, where Paul withstood Peter to his face, because he was to be blamed-a thing which could not have happened if Christ, as the Roman Catholics say, meant that Peter should be absolute and infallible. More than all, it is not said here or anywhere else in the Bible, that Peter should have infallible successors who should be the vicegerents of Christ, and the head of the church. The whole meaning of the passage is this:

        “I will make you the honored instrument of making known my gospel first to Jews and Gentiles, and will make you a firm and distinguished preacher in building my church.”

        Will build my Church. This refers to the custom of building, in Judea, on a rock or other very firm foundation. Matthew 7:24. The word church means, literally, those called out, and often means an assembly or congregation. See Acts 19:32; Gr.; Acts 7:38. It is applied to Christians as being called out from the world. It means, sometimes, the whole body of believers, Ephesians 1:22, 1 Corinthians 10:32. This is its meaning in this place. It means, also, a particular society of believers, worshipping in one place, Acts 8:1, 9:31, 1 Corinthians 1:2, etc. Sometimes, also, a society in a single house, as Romans 16:5. In common language, it means the church visible-ie. all who profess religion; or invisible, i.e. all who are real Christians, professors or not.

    • ganipecson

      Same here..

    • Filpino

      you’re so blinded… never will any pope be a center of catholic christian faith. every catholics knows it.

    • Mama Eli

      “Among us, the pope is becoming the center of our worship and adoration”

      ikaw lang un, wag mo na kami isama sa kalokohan mo. Hindi ang pope ang center ng adoration at worship namin. Mapagparatang kang damuho ka.

  • Horst Manure

    The worlds oldest franchise, do some Googling and see how the church has spent 23 M Euro on a building with Europe’s biggest gay sauna, that is the poor pouring money in to the church’s coffers.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

      magkano na ambag mo?

    • done_druff

      At naniwala ka naman?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andokito André Raymundo

    Totus tuus means “totally or completely yours”

  • Steve

    The Papal Coronation was NEVER abolished. I don’t understand why I keep seeing that from the media. John Paul II issued an Apostolic Constitution in 1996 and addressed the issue by leaving any future Pope to be properly crowned if he so chooses.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Is one religion as good as another? No!! The True religion calls evil, evil, and good, it calls good. The True Religion is instituted and founded by God, Truth Himself. The rest therefore are FAKE founded by human!

    Only the Catholic Church as founded by Christ continued by the apostles handed down to the succession of popes is the True Church! The TRUE Religion!

    The rest are FAKE!

    • ganipecson

      Yes, I agree with you but the salvation of a man depends upon his deeds and not by any specific religion he chooses to be with. Even if I have been a catholic all my life does not guarantee my salvation; likewise, I cannot say that a non-christian or a non-catholic will certainly be condemned.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    SOLA SCRIPTURA – Protestant Fundamentalist Born Again

    A twisted TRUTH!

    If St. Paul had been promulgating sola scriptura in 1 Corinthians 4 he would have been in

    conflict with the practice of the rest of the apostles. Most of the apostles

    never wrote a single line of Scripture; instead they transmitted the deposit of

    faith orally. Did their oral teachings carry any less weight of authority than

    the written teachings of Paul or Peter or John?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    SOLA SCRIPTURA – Protestant Fundamentalist Born Again

    A twisted TRUTH!

    None of the other apostles taught sola scriptura. In fact,

    John said, “I have much to write to you, but I do not wish to write with pen

    and ink. Instead, I hope to see you soon when we can talk face to face” (3

    John 13). Why would the apostle emphasize his preference for oral Tradition

    over written Tradition (a preference he reiterates in 2 John 12) if, as

    proponents of sola scriptura assert, Scripture is superior to oral Tradition?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Protestant Old Testament is 7 less books compared to Catholics. Why, Damasong Martin Luther removed those books as they were against his teachings. He declared them to be not divinely inspired!

    Wow! See what a private interpretation does!

  • gmaisthebestpresident

    WALA ba iba pwede magrepresent sa Pilipinas bukod kay Binay?

    • Don Dee

      Hatak hatak pa ang esming may kaso … baka tumakas pa! Anak ng tipaklong talaga.

      • Yxon

        hindi ba Jesus did not came here for the righteous but for the sinners?

        at saka the article says, the Pope “will receive the leaders of the official delegations at the Confessional Altar inside the Basilica.” Chance na rin ito ni Binay magconfess ng kanyang mga kasalanan (at saka, baka sya pumuti).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Pastor Apollo Quiboloy —Appointed Son of GOD! <– anak ng tipaklong…pano nangyari ito!

    • Qwxyz

      a false christ

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Iglesia ni Cristo believes that Iglesia ni Cristo is the true church established by Jesus Christ, because the name Iglesia ni Cristo or Church of Christ is the name of the church that built by Christ that shown in Romans. 16:16.

    the official doctrines of the church profess that Jesus Christ is the founder of the INC[15] and that Felix Manalo was the last messenger, sent by God to re-establish the Christian Church to its true, pristine form because the original church (Catholic) was apostatized.

    Kawawa naman! Magaling nga maginterpret ng bible itong si Manalo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Jesus is Lord Church (JILCW, also known as JIL Church, JIL Movement, or JIL, previously named JIL Fellowship) is a Charismatic movement in thePhilippines headed by founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

    JIL started with 15 members in 1978. As of 2010, members growth up to 6 million believers. Its world headquarter is located in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.

    This is private interpretation. Kanya kanya tyo ng reliyon. Bukas meron na naman bagong protestant religion ayon kay pastor siempre!

  • feargo

    why call it ‘installation’? no such thing. he has been pope since accepting – no installation, oath-taking etc is required.

  • $44479964

    Any person who interprets the Bible but has no formal training in hermeneutics and consumes by self-interest is a self-proclaimed fake prophet.

  • Ryan_The_Great83

    As a devoteed Catholic, we don’t worship Pope and we worship only one GOD that manifested in flesh which is Jesus Christ. Mahirap kasi pag hindi ka Katoliko kasi madaling maghusga ng kapwa. Kaya nga kaming mga Katoliko hindi kami mahilig manira ng ibang religion at nirerespeto namin ang kanilang paniniwala di tulad ng mga bagong sulpot na religion ngayon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    Pope Francis stopped, talked and spent time with the disabled man at St Peter sq—- Amazing!!!

  • jgl414567

    Bakit si Binay na corrupt ang representative natin sa Vatican baka akalain nila na mga kawatan mga Pilipino at maiitim ang hitsura at budhi. Talaga naman itong si Binay sobrang umeepal kala niya mananalo siya sa 2016! Buking na ng taongbayan ang baho mo Put@#$%ng ina mo!!!

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