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To elaborate on Papal Teaching is our mission on Plinthos (Gk. "brick"); and to do so anonymously, so that, like any brick in the wall, we might do our little part in the strength of the structure of humanity almost unnoticed.
|The Great Disputation|
|Viaticum of Pope Saint Gregory VII|
After arriving in a simple Ford Focus, Francis enters the Apostolic Palace with Prefect of the Papal Household Georg Gänswein. Popes usually live here, but Francis chose a modest apartment nearby.
At a general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Francis rides in a popemobile without the protection of bulletproof glass. The pontiff wandered freely when he was a cardinal in Buenos Aires but cannot do so in Rome for his own safety.
The pope strolls through the Sala Regia after delivering an address. The ornate hall, decorated with murals of momentous events in church history, was built for popes to receive dignitaries.
Cardinals and bishops attend a Mass to celebrate the beatification of Pope Paul VI and mark the end of a synod at which they debated such contentious issues as divorce and same-sex marriage.
Ecstatic pilgrims, one with the flag of the pope’s native Argentina, rejoice as he nears them. In 2013, the year he was elected, three times as many visitors flocked to Vatican City as in the year before.
A Swiss Guard walks in front of Bernini’s Scala Regia, the monumental staircase connecting the Apostolic Palace with St. Peter’s Basilica. Now that the pope no longer lives in the palace, there is much less traffic in the hall.
|The pope, once known for his aversion to cameras, shows he’s a good sport. An earlier photo, snapped in August 2013 by teens—and thought to be the first selfie with a pope—went viral on social media.|