A blog about the life & times of Jorge Bergoglio (aka Francis)
Monday, February 3, 2014
Jorge’s prayer beads at Aparecida
Our Lady of Aparecida (Our Lady of the Appeared Conception) is the second largest basilica in the world after St. Peter's. It draws over six million
catholics a year and is known for its miracles of healing. Like
Fatima, its older church was replaced by a new modernist monstrosity. While at the Basilica of Our
Lady of Aparecida, during WYD Rio 2013, Jorge appeared on the balcony with something unusual wrapped
around his wrist. This was orthodox
prayer beads sometime referred to as komboschoinion or chotki.
Why appear at a basilica dedicated to Our Lady
and have in your hand chokti rather than Our Lady’s prayer the Rosary?
What do the eastern orthodox churches deny
about the Catholic Faith?
For starters, just to name a few:
the dogma of the Immaculate Conception,
the dogma of Papal infallibility,
the dogma of Petrine Primacy,
the independence of the Church from the
agrees with them. Jorge reminds one of a
progressive hipster trying to improve what God already gave him in perfect