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Pope Francis Named The Best Dressed Man Of The Year

Esquire Magazine has named Pope Francis as its “Best Dressed Man of the Year,” 2013, a designation that the men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine has previously doled out to actors such as Bradley Cooper and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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“Esquire” asserted that the Catholic leader’s dress reflected “a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.”

Since assuming the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has continually made waves in the media, less for key disruptions or reforms in church policy, but largely because of small, more intimate and personal gestures, many of which when leaked to the press or photographed, have gone viral.

The magazine pointed to Pope Francis’ actions like “paying his own bill at a hotel owned by the church or washing the feet of inmates (two of whom were female) on Holy Thursday,” and added that his apparel was just one more way that he was harkening to a new era in Catholicism.

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Pope Francis : Christian Prohibition Of Worship, Persecution Signs Of Ending Times

Christian persecution and the cultural fear of public expressions of faith are signs of the end times, Pope Francis declared in a homily on Thursday.


“You must obey the orders which come from worldly powers – You can do many things, beautiful things, but not adore God. Worship is prohibited – this is at the center of the end of time,” Pope Francis said in his daily homily in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. Once we “reach the fullness of this pagan attitude…truly the Son of Man will come in a cloud with great power and glory,” Francis declared.

The pope preached on Jesus’ speech in Luke 21 about the end times. In that passage, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem, and trials and tribulations that precede the end times.

“Then he said to them, ‘nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you…for my name’s sake,” the passage reads. “For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Before Jesus comes, the pope explained, “it will be an abomination, it will be desolation and abomination” in the temple. “It will be like the triumph of the prince of this world: the defeat of God.”


Pope Francis declared that the worldly powers which try to make religion “a private thing,” truly seek to destroy God. In response, the pope called on all believers to have faith like the prophet Daniel. Christians must pursue “fidelity like Daniel, who was faithful to his God and adored God until the end, and patience, because the hairs of our heads will not fall out – the Lord has promised this,” the pope declared.


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Pope Francis Unveils He Goes To Confession Every Two Weeks

Pope Francis revealed that he goes to confession every two weeks because priests, bishops and even the pope are sinners who need forgiveness, just like everyone else.

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“Certainly, God forgives every repentant sinner, but the Christian is bound to Christ and Christ is united to his church,” the pope told a gathering . “God, in his sovereign mercy, forgives everyone, but he wanted those who belong to Christ and his church to receive forgiveness through the community’s ministers.”

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church added that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, and argued that it is “better to turn red once than yellow a thousand times,” encouraging people to confess their sins to a priest as a way to spiritual healing.

“Even the pope goes to confession every two weeks because the pope, too, is a sinner,” Francis continued. “My confessor hears what I say, offers me advice and forgives me. We all need this.”

He clarified, however, that the church does not own the power to forgive sins, but is a servant that “rejoices” every time it can offer this “gift.”

The Vatican leader said that priests need to realize that they too are sinners forgiven by God, and that a priest should not “mistreat the faithful, but be meek, benevolent and merciful, knowing how to sow hope in the penitent’s heart and, especially, recognize that the brother or sister approaching the sacrament of reconciliation is seeking forgiveness just like the many people who approached Jesus seeking healing.”

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