Janet and I arrived a few days early in Rome before our group. There will be 63 pilgrims arriving on Friday. We like to make sure everything is in order and ready for their arrival. And it is!
We decided to take a walk around the walls of the Vatican and get a feel for what’s happening in the city a few days before the canonization. So I thought I’d share with you so you could get a feel for being here in Rome. Hope you enjoy it :-)
A bit goofey but fun. Nice to see young people in Rome happy and excited about the canonization of two popes.
Reflecting the festive mood in Rome ahead of the imminent canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the official website on the event, 2popesaints, has released this upbeat video with the soundtrack of the recent hit single ‘Happy’ by singer and producer Pharrell Williams.
The video is made by young Romans and was mostly filmed in the parish of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi in the Appio-Latino suburb of southeast Rome. It’s directed by Maila Paone, edited by Raffaele Pannozzo and is the idea of Chiara Romanzo, Alberto Acuri, Francesca Vertisano, Giorgia Giacomini.
It also features Don Stefano Cascio, a young priest of the parish who has done much to help bring young people back to church.
Rome authorities have been hard at work preparing for what could be the largest crowds the city has ever seen. The interior ministry expects the April 27 double canonization, presided by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, to draw 800,000 pilgrims from all over the world, but others predict far higher numbers, possibly as many as 7 million.
An enormous contingent of pilgrims from John Paul II’s native Poland is expected, as well as significant numbers from the Lombardy region of northern Italy, the birthplace of John XXIII.
The Vatican says 19 heads of State will be attending as well as 24 prime ministers from 61 official delegations, representing 54 countries. Tickets are not required but seats will be difficult or near impossible to find and many are expected to camp out overnight to obtain the best places.
City authorities are visibly in full swing, already cordoning off major streets such as the Fori Imperiali that leads up to the Colosseum, repainting road markings and erecting 14 large screens in key areas all across the city. Security will also be tight: Italy’s interior minister has said 2,430 police units have been drafted in to carry out checks and patrol sensitive targets.
Meanwhile, Rome’s many hotels are preparing for one of their best business weekends in years. Most rooms are sold out, and at least one hotel near the Vatican is charging as much as $900 for one night during the canonization weekend.
But despite the logistical challenges, Rome is well practiced in hosting such enormous events and tends to manage them well. Thousands of volunteers will join the protezione civile – Italy’s main body dealing with the management of exceptional events.
Rome’s mayor, Ignazio Marino, said last week the city is “ready, very ready” for the impending arrival of thousands of pilgrims.
It’s also revealed in a statement made by Mozilla’s new CEO, Mitchell Baker, where she writes:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.
We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
She then engages in the most amazing example of Orwellian doublespeak and becomes absolutely incoherent, writing:
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.
While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.
This is utter horse manure.
Actions speak louder than words, and it is clear that Mozilla does not support freedom of speech or welcome contributions from everyone regardless of their religious views if it is not willing to have a person who supports true marriage as its CEO.
It’s just told every employee, and every member of its larger community, that their free speech and contributions will not be respected if they conflict with the homosexual agenda.
Mozilla has, with brutal eloquence, laid its cards on the table.
If you subscribe to the historic view of marriage, you are a second class citizen as far as Mozilla is concerned.
What You Can Do
It is important that people give Mozilla pushback–and a lot of it–because the less people suffer the consequences of this kind of behavior, the more it will be invited in the future.
You want Christians to experience a new and even worse persecution than what they’re facing now? Do nothing.
You want to fight back? Here’s what you can do . . .
Mozilla has a web page where you can leave feedback on its Firefox browser.
4) If you own a web page, you can install code that either blocks Firefox and redirects users to a page explaining why Mozilla needs pushback or you can install code that doesn’t block Firefox but does cause Firefox users to receive a notification concerning the situation.
Which of these should you do? Why choose just one? Do as many as you can.
What You Can Say
Here are a few helpful talking points that you may find useful as things to say. Many other people are already saying them:
I have deleted Firefox (and your other products) from all of my computers and devices. I will not use them again.
I will tell everyone I know not to use Firefox and your other products. I will do this personally and on the web by social media sharing.
You got rid of a guy who made a donation years ago for taking the same position on homosexual “marriage” that President Obama had at the time.
Fifty-two percent of Californians supported Prop 8. Should they all lose their jobs?
Your dissembling doesn’t fool anyone. Actions speak louder than words, and your actions make it clear that you do not support free speech or freedom of religion, no matter what you say.
The homosexual movement frequently complains of “bullying,” but you are yourself acting as bullies by treating supporters of traditional morality as second class citizens and striking fear into your own employees and community members who hold these views.
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