Pope Francis Comes to DC

pope capitolSticking with my eight-days-late tradition, here are the photos I got from the gathering on the National Mall last Thursday when Pope Francis delivered his appeal on climate change to Congress. I biked down in time to catch the last half of the speech and take in the surroundings. There were actually fewer people than I was expecting– I was, admittedly, not on the West Lawn of the Capitol, which was packed with ticket holders. Rather, from 3rd-7th Streets there were big screens and speakers set up on the Mall at each cross street, and all were welcome.

This of course drew a diverse and interesting crowd representing all sorts of special interests. The environmental and anti-Catholic groups were the most attention-grabbing, but there were many there out of respect for and intrigue of Pope Francis, as well as those who were there in a more capitalistic spirit.

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The signs read:
There Is One Mediator Between God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 2:5.

Following Traditions Of Men Leads To Second Death. God’s Word Leads To Eternal Life.

And:
The POPE is the HEAD of A CULT (Roman Catholicism)
“COME OUT OF HER,” My people, that you be not partakers of her sins…” (Revelation 18:4)

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YOUR PRIEST IS LYING! WHERE IN THE BIBLE: PRAYING TO MARY; EUCHARIST IS CHRIST; PURGATORY; PENANCE; ROSARY? HAVE YOU BEEN LIED TO!

I think they got some word order wrong there at the end, but you get so caught up in the all-caps you can hardly notice. And just for good measure they even managed to slip an anti-Islam barb in there, too.

habit joke, drink!

habit joke, drink!

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these guys have both your redskins AND your commemorative pope paraphernalia needs covered.

these guys have both your redskins AND your commemorative pope paraphernalia needs covered.

a fan of pope francis

a fan of pope francis

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appealing to the federal energy regulatory commission: http://www.ferc.gov/

appealing to the federal energy regulatory commission: http://www.ferc.gov

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Wild beasts and birds are by right not the property of merely the people alive today, but the property of unknown generations whose belongings we have no right to squander.
-Theodore Roosevelt

(Although I seem to recall ol’ Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t always that cool to wild beasts…)

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These were so cute:

I want the birds to be happy and have a good home and I want the Earth to be healthy, too. / The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives. -Chinese Proverb / think about others. be thoughtful to all. / Words of life: Live earth; Live light; Live space. Eco-Earth / Live it. Love it. Conserve it. May all be MINDFUL. / My cat and my dog. / We are all a part of the tree of life. Honor your place, care for all. Mom & baby born on Earth Day!

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gotta get your selfie with the pope

gotta get your selfie with the pope

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monk reppin'

monk reppin’

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…

i will seriously support any decision this dog supports.

i will seriously support any decision this dog supports.

after allowing me to take this picture this man informed me he could tell i was in the CIA. BUSTED.

after allowing me to take this picture this man informed me he could tell i was in the CIA… BUSTED.

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these guys came all the way from st. louis

these guys came all the way from st. louis

this guy was also slangin' his bean pies at H street festival. he gave me a little sample and it was quite tasty.

this guy was also slangin’ his bean pies at H street festival. he gave me a little sample and it was quite tasty.

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waiting for him to emerge from the capitol

waiting for the pope to emerge from the capitol

pope francis capitolpope capitolAfter addressing Congress (in English) and touching on a wide variety of topics, Pope Francis came out to speak to the crowd in Spanish (with an interpreter). He spent most of the time blessing the children, and then asked everyone to pray for him. “And if you’re not religious, or you can’t pray, then please send me good wishes.”

As I headed out I unexpectedly found the street blocked off for the Pope’s motorcade, which I was alright with as it gave me a chance to catch a rare glimpse of the Papal Fiat.

(And this Owner of the World Vineyard.)

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THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPE . WHITE HORSE: SIR RONALD W. REAGAN, THE BEAST, MR. 666; PALE HORSE: GEORGE W. BUSH, JR; MR. AXES OF EVIL; BLACK HORSE: BARRACK H. OBAMA; MR. MONEY PENNY; RED HORSE: POPE FRANCIS; THE ANTICHRIST. The Secret to the Skull and Bone is if Two Men Have a Secret then there is NO Secret if one Man is Dead. Only to  Rewrite History. This Act of Act Remain Anti Recommendations (????) I Know You Act for Justice. Your Judgment Stand YOU ARE THE SYNAGOGUE FOR SATAN. I AM THE Prophecy of 2012: B.K.A. Samuel {ISHMYWIL} The Seventh Angel… READ The Book of Revelation: Rev. 10, Rev. 12, Rev. 10… Rev. 3:12. I AM ALLAH OWNER of the World VINEYARD
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