Pope Rebranding I: Pope Francis the Rock Star

by Scott Creighton

No. It isn’t a joke.

According to Rolling Stone, Pope Francis will release a “prog-rock-infused album” called “Wake Up!” in November of this year. The 11-song album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Premiering on Nov. 27, 2015, it will feature Pope Francis’ “words and prayers.”  Huffington Post

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Pope Rebranding I : Chris Hedges Talks about the “Greenwashing” Pope

“He (Pope Francis) comes out of that traditional Franciscan ethos which is “the closer you are to the poor, the closer you are to God”. That is a particular, he’s a Jesuit, but that is a particular theological strain within the Catholic church and I think that very much describes where he is coming from. So, uh, reading between the lines, he’s asking for a kinder gentler system, for people to take into account the suffering global capitalism has inflicted by lifting up the voices of the poor. In the end, as far as I can tell, it’s about charity, it’s not about justice… he’s critiquing the excesses of the system and no where does he critique the system itself.’ Chris Hedges

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Text of Pope Francis Speech at World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bolivia (land, lodging and labor)

from News VA

“Let us together say from the heart: no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.”

Pope Francis spoke Thursday evening at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, taking place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The World Meeting of Popular Movements, organized in collaboration with Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, brings together delegates from popular movements from around the world.

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