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FRANCIS: Saint and Pope

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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 St Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animalsiFrancis of Assisi

As mentioned in my previous post, many Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4   @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/world-animal-day-2014/ 

To honour this day, people accompanied by a procession of animals participate in a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

As you probably know, the new Pope, born Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, is the first Pope to choose as his namesake Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of the poor. 

TIME magazine was so impressed with the humility and emphasis on the poor shown by Pope Francis that it named him Person of the year (2013).

time-person-of-the-year-cover-pope-francis

Pope Francis also publicly patted a guide dog, which is not considered ceremonial in the Vatican. 

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Hopefully this will not be the first and last public act of kindness shown towards animals by Pope Francis.

Sadly, though, it is traditional for the Pope to wear fur.

Pope Benedict XVI wore a red velvet hat trimmed with white ermine fur.

This type of hat was commonly worn by popes in the medieval period to keep their heads warm during winter.

For special occasions a red velvet , ermine-trimmed cape called a mozetta should be worn. Pope Benedict wore this type of cloak.                                                            pope in fur

This is an ermine in the wild.                                                                                                                                                                                             ermine-in-the-wild.jpg

Millions of  ermine are bred and farmed under horrendous conditions just to be fur trim. This is cruel and unnecessary.  

Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler life style. 

Although it was stated in the name of humility, he said that “ Solid gold rings, velvet capes and ermine furs are out”. 

See link:  http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style/fashion/pope-francis-shakes-up-vatican-fashion-1.1488818#.UguSpZJgeVJ.

There was even a petition to Pope Francis requesting that he stop wearing fur. This petition is now closed.

There are, however, other animal rights petitions addressed to Pope Francis in the hope that he will live up to his namesake, Francis of Assisi.

These petitions are below:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/279/840/894/tell-the-pope-to-stop-releasing-peace-doves/?z00m=20719014#next_action

https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/urge-pope-francis-to-declare-himself-a-vegetarian-1

 http://www.change.org/p/pope-francis-denounce-the-south-korean-dog-and-cat-meat-industry-교황-프란치스코-한국의-개와-고양이-식용-산업을-공개적으로-비난하여-주십시오

 

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13 Comments

  1. Thank you, Emy. The last petition link failed, page not found error.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Stacey says:

    Thank you, dear, couldn’t get to the last one.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Chris says:

    St Francis would have been opposed to fur on every level. Cruelty to animals and needless ostentation.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Your blog looks interesting, “Ek hou baie daarvan.”

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

    Like

  6. Aquileana says:

    Excellent post… Pope Francis surely follows the legacy of St Francis of Assisi!.
    Thanks for sharing and all my best wishes to you, Aquileana 😀

    Like

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