Pope Francis Favourite Film, Books, Poet, Art

This time last week we did not have a Pope and the voting for one had not even started. In only a few days we know the name of our Jesuit Pope and why he chose it, have come to recognise his face, his voice, his easy going manner and simple lifestyle, his humility, sense of humour, something of his background and style and the text of his opening addresses :

Click here for his first homily in The Sistine Chapel, his first address to his fellow Cardinals and here to the press.

 Click here to see some of the many cartoons that have tried to capture some of his essence.

                                                                Original Image source

 H/T to Philip Chircop for the English
The LGBT community have mixed views so far on the Pope - a round up of some are here.

Click here to see why there are some promising signs for some ecumenical unity across thousand year old divides.
If like me, you still have an appetite for news of Pope Francis you may find some nourishment in these snippets, some found at this site which quotes from“The Jesuit,” a 2010 book of interviews with Pope Francis.  

 I have added some extra links and material to expand on some of these.

His favourite movie is “Babette’s Feast,” a 1987 Danish film based on a Karen Blixen story. It recounts the story of two austere, devoutly Christian spinsters transformed by the arrival of a French female chef in 19th-century Jutland. The film was re-released in 2012 for the 25th anniversary, and received an Oscar as best foreign language film.

So here's an interesting Jungian review of it "The Discovery of Meaning in Babette's Feast." by Wanda Avila, Ph.D.

He loves Jose Luis Borges, his homeland’s master of genre-bending short stories.More on the writing of Borges can be read here from The Poetry Foundation.  

 "Poets, like the blind, can see in the dark."

Buenos Aires: Las Calles de Borges from Ian Ruschel on Vimeo.
This video was shot in the winter of 2010 in Buenos Aires and Capilla del Señor, Argentina.

Click here for some Borges quotes.

The Pope also likes Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who wrote about a Christ-like man in “The Idiot.”  Click here for 131 notable quotes from "The Idiot" among them, these....

 "Beauty will save the world” 

 “Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”

 "There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas.”

 “It wasn't the New World that mattered...Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It's life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” 

 In scattering the seed, scattering your 'charity,' your kind deeds, you are giving away, in one form or antoher, part of your personality, and taking into yourself part of another; you are in mutual communion with one another, a little more attention and you will be rewarded with the knowledge of the most unexpected discoveries.

 You will come at last to look upon your work as a science; it will lay hold of all your life, and may fill up your whole life. On the other hand, all your thoughts, all the seeds scattered by you, perhaps forgotten by you, will grow up and take form. He who has received them from you will hand them on to another. And how can you tell what part you may have in the future determination of the destinies of humanity?”

His favourite painting is The White Crucifixion, painted by Marc Chagall in 1938. The painting shows Jesus being crucified on the cross, wearing a prayer shawl as a symbol that he is Jewish. The painting originally showed a soldier with a swastika on his armband burning down a synagogue. Click here for an enlarged view.


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