Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

This is not, as the title suggest something about the new pope, as interesting is that news is with highly unusual retirement/resignation of

Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam

Ratzinger. It is, however, equally interesting that I became aware of this movie at about the same time that people were crowding into Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican anxiously looking at the color of the smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel. If the appropriate part of the movie is true to reality then the words “Habemus Papam”, latin for “We have a Pope” are announced to the assembled masses as a prelude to the first presentation of and speech by the newly elected leader of Catholicism. The movie is rather recent, having been brought to screen in 2011.

The story is of a pope who is elected by the cardinals and is quite unhappy about it. You perhaps can imagine the consternation that this causes within and outside of the Vatican. The reluctant pope escapes his handlers and does a lot of soul searching for 3 days prior to returning to complete the story. Of course you’ll just have to see the ending. All in all I liked the movie a lot and think that you will too. Perhaps the trailer below will tempt you. You can stream it with Netflix. If you’ve seen it or do after this post, leave a comment and let me and others know what you thought.


2 Responses to “Habemus Papam”

  1. Joy O'Neal Says:

    Hey Joe,
    I streamed this movie today and thought it was excellent because it showed that our path can only be known by us, no matter what others think. Earlier in my life I sometimes found it hard to stay on my path and not wander off when influenced by others. At this point I have a knowing (for lack of a better explanation) about what is best for me. Part of that ease of knowing is, of course, that my beloveds are not living with me and I can feel my own energy and knowing very easily. I really liked the movie.

  2. Joe Says:

    I’m glad that you liked it, Joy. As it was clearly nearing the conclusion I was guessing about what would transpire. I was both surprised and satisfied with the ending. Both of us at this point are at or near the age of the elected pope and thankfully have developed some wisdom about what works for us.


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