Why Does the Pope Live in Italy

Why Does the Pope Live in Italy
Posted on 10/06/2017
Last week Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo visited St. John’s Jesuit to talk with students, faculty, and staff and to celebrate Mass.  All Catholic bishops derive from the twelve Apostles of Christ.  Each bishop is the leader of his diocese; the pope is the Bishop of Rome.  The Bishop of Rome holds pre-eminence among other bishops. It was in Rome that St. Peter spent the last part of his life; he was the first Bishop of Rome. 

The Bishop of Rome is considered “the first among equals.”  Nothing says the pope must live in Italy.  Even before Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, there have been popes of many nationalities.  During one period of nearly 100 years, all the popes lived in France.  But, even during this time in France, the pope was considered the Bishop of Rome. Christ said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I build my church.”  Peter means “rock” and Jesus is interpreted by Catholics to mean our Church is built on the leadership of Peter.  Peter lived the last half of his life in Rome; he was martyred there.  He is the first Bishop of Rome.  

Mrs. Kacyee Hardiman, SJJ faculty member, lost her 68 year-old father Ron two days ago to a massive heart attack.  Kaycee’s mom and dad were in Toledo from Nebraska for the birthday of Kaycee’s four-year-old son Zaire.  The funeral will be in Nebraska. Your prayers are needed at this time. This is homecoming weekend at SJJ.  Pray for a safe and blessed weekend for all. Grant me, O Lord, to see everything with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, to relish the things that are yours, and communicate them to others. (Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.

For Kaycee’s Father

Welcome, Lord, into your calm and peaceful kingdom those who, out of this present life, have departed to be with you; grant them rest and a place with the spirits of the just; and give them the life that knows not age, the reward that passes not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. – St. Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556

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