Sunday, June 08, 2014

Invocation for Peace at The Vatican

This video of the historic Invocation for Peace at the Vatican is extraordinary.As well as capturing an historic moment in religious and world history, it also takes the viewer on an intimate visit to rarely seen sights of the Vatican Gardens.

We also get inside the Hotel where Pope Francis lives and those with a sharp eye will notice  diplomacy at work albeit with the famed informality that Francis brings to the world stage.

The clip runs for three hours but is worth a sitting as it as good as a guided tour. Because it is the Vatican and the guests represent the major Abrahamic Faiths there are blokes all over the place.You have to look closely to spot a female.There is more gender equity in the mosh pit of the camera crew and the orchestra.

And then as if to blow the whole gender issue out of the water the ceremony is introduced by a woman. The piece de resistance is that the text the MC reads  in English is a deliberate work of inclusion in contrast to the translators of the English Order of the Mass.

Text of Pope Francis' Speech
Huffington Post Report
ABC News Australia Report

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