Things That I Would and Wouldn't Do if I Were Granted an Audience With Pope Francis

Pope Francis
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Bayern Munich private audience with Pope Francis
Bayern Munich private audience with Pope Francis | Source

I feel very nervous right now

For the record, this is a piece mixed and held together with humor (at me), honesty, and respect for Pope Francis and The Catholic Church.

In fact, I personally have a lot of respect for the Catholic faith. If I may, the Catholic faith is without question, the most-basic of followings I can find. The teachings are of God's power, omnipresence, omnipotence, love, grace and forgiveness, all embodied in His son, Jesus Christ.

I respect the Catholic church a lot

I loved Mother Teresa, as millions of both Catholics and non-Catholics did. Years ago I heard a very wise Bible teacher say during his weekly-lesson, "It says a lot about your work in God's Kingdom when both, your own church and those who do not attend church, appreciate what you are doing." That defines the total life of sacrifice that Mother Teresa gave and lived for God.

As for Pope Francis, the current Pope of The Catholic Church, I find myself choosing my words oh so carefully. Not because Pope Francis can snap his finger and God will send a lightning bolt to earth and kill me. But because I want to write this as I normally write about my topics, but with a thread of respect running through each paragraph.

Pope Francis is very humble and insists that those who work for him, take on and present a humble image and not be so lofty in their thinking and actions in public as well as private. That I can appreciate as well as his gift of communication to easily talk to those of all walks and levels of life. That too, I can respect.

Pope interacting with crowds
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I would not start telling a lot of jokes in the Pope's presence
I would not start telling a lot of jokes in the Pope's presence
I would ask him if he loved cats or dogs the best
I would ask him if he loved cats or dogs the best
I would ask the Pope why so many church denominations bicker so much
I would ask the Pope why so many church denominations bicker so much
I would NOT smoke cigarettes or other plants and chemicals in the Pope's presence
I would NOT smoke cigarettes or other plants and chemicals in the Pope's presence

Pope Francis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio for being the Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is also the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State.
  • Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741, 1,272 years earlier.
  • Francis has said that gay people should not be marginalized but maintained the Church's teaching against homosexual acts; as a cardinal, he opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina and elsewhere. In addition, he maintains that he is a "son of the Church" regarding loyalty to Church doctrine, has spoken against abortion as "horrific",and suggested that women be valued, but not clericalized.[20] Summarily Pope Francis reiterates that "It is absurd to say you follow Jesus Christ but reject the Church.

With this hub, history is made

On the night I wrote this, Wednesday, Feb. 18, I found myself wondering . . .

What I Would Do and Wouldn't Do if I Were Given an Audience With The Pope

which is the title of this hub. And believe me. This was "the" most-challenging piece that I have ever attempted in my four-year membership of HubPages. Although the possibility of failure (for me) is great, but when all has been said and done, writing a tough piece can only make stronger.

Things I Would Not Do While Visiting The Pope

  • Smoke cigarettes or other plants and chemicals.
  • Enter my audience with Pope Francis half-drunk to combat my fear of saying something wrong.
  • Tell Pope Francis a few nasty jokes to "break the ice."
  • Make nervous comments about how he dresses.
  • Stare into space and cause him to summon medical and psychiatric personnel.
  • Laugh by mistake at what the Pope meant to be a serious comment.
  • To show him my sense of humor, put my hands into the air at his security guards and say, "Don't shoot."

Things I Would Do While Visiting The Pope

  • Ask his thinking on The Rapture Theory.
  • Get his comments on why most church denominations are always bickering.
  • Ask The Pope how to handle being laughed at when doing good works for others.
  • Honestly, how does it feel to be The Pope.
  • I would ask him if he likes animals, namely cats.
  • I would ask him what game he prefers, checkers or chess?
  • I would end my audience by asking if he ever reads my hubs on HubPages?

Question: Do any of you think he would refer to me as a "stupid doofus," to his staff after I'm gone? Or he might have been so entertained by my questions that out of love or pity, he will tag me for sainthood?

With all due respect, Pope Francis, I am not ready to be referred to as: "Saint Kenneth."

Pope Francis waves at followers
Pope Francis waves at followers
Pope Francis enters an arena to make speech to believers
Pope Francis enters an arena to make speech to believers

Pope Francis--his history

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio for being the Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is also the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State.
  • Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741, 1,272 years earlier.
  • He is known for having a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy, most notably by choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by his predecessors. In addition, due to both his Jesuit and Ignatian aesthetic, he is known for favoring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, including refusing the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election, choosing silver instead of gold for his piscatory ring, and keeping the same pectoral cross he had when he was cardinal.
  • Francis has said that gay people should not be marginalized but maintained the Church's teaching against homosexual acts; as a cardinal, he opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina and elsewhere. In addition, he maintains that he is a "son of the Church" regarding loyalty to Church doctrine, has spoken against abortion as "horrific",and suggested that women be valued, but not clericalized.[20] Summarily Pope Francis reiterates that "It is absurd to say you follow Jesus Christ but reject the Church."


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My Bell 21 months ago

I enjoyed your humor in this article along with your display of utmost respect for Pope Francis and the Catholic church. I am Catholic, but not practicing all that I should. I have to say though that Pope Francis has brought me back to the church more than anything in my lifetime as I've slowly drifted away. I see him as the future of the Church and the direction it needs to go. I went to the Vatican last October and attended a Mass with Pope Francis. It was so exciting! I posted a short video of the rounds he made around the crowd. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. This article is well done.


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Marie Flint 21 months ago from Jacksonville, FL

I think Pope Francis is one of the best popes the Catholic Church has ever had.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Marie, thanks for your comment and message of great advice to me. Did you get my reply of thanks?

I like Pope Francis. Honestly, I think I could talk honestly with him. Do not laugh, but I am intimidated by the robe he has to wear.

I know this sounds silly, but it is the truth.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Bell,

A warm and heart-felt thank you for such a personal and honest comment. I do sincerely appreciate your thoughts.

I did my best. I admire Catholism. I really do. I might have, earlier in my life, went that way, but I read somewhere that in this faith, we mortals are not worthy to talk to God, which is right, but through Jesus, we are and this is possible by His shed blood.

Mother Teresa touched my life so much.

And so did your sweet comment.


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Hannah David Cini 21 months ago from Nottingham

Reverent and funny, I really enjoyed this. Thank you for writing.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hannah David Cini,

A heartfelt thank you for your nice comment. I am so glad you did enjoy this. And I am thanking YOU for reading and commenting on this.

The Pope has never hurt me, so why should I bash him?

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