Pope Francis The Destroyer Is Coming To NYC & More Weird Shit Is Happening: Crane Drops Air Conditioning Unit 28 Stories Onto Pedestrians On Packed Madison Avenue
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Pope Francis to Address the United Nations General Assembly
On September 25th, 2015, Pope Francis will formally address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. With the assembly celebrating its 70th anniversary, the attendance and address of Pope Francis are guaranteed to make it a special one. This year’s assembly will also involve huge decisions for its members concerning sustainable development, climate change and much more. In addition to Pope Francis’ address to the assembly he will also have bilateral meetings with the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, and participate in a town hall gathering with United Nations staff. The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. There are 193 Member States, and the purpose is to take action on the issues that are confronting humanity in the 21st century. Pope Paul VI spoke to the General Assembly in 1965, when he visited. Pope John Paul II addressed them twice – saying that he came as a witness to human dignity. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI also spoke to the United Nations.
Pope Francis May Attend New York Inter-religious Meeting
During his visit to New York,Pope Francis may participate in an inter-religious meeting. Pope Francis has been urging more interreligious dialogue, particularly with Islam, so it comes as no surprise that he hopes to have an Interreligious Meeting during his New York visit.
Possible Locations for Inter-religious Meeting
The details as to who will be holding the meeting have not yet been revealed. However, The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) seems like a probable option given its history and connection with Pope Francis. Founded by Reverend James Parks Morton in 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization, ICNY strives to be a example for the world of successful mutual understanding and cooperation among various faith traditions. What makes the ICNY a probable location for the inter-religious meeting is the desire that both the organization and Pope Francis share: interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Last December, ICNY’s Executive Director, The Reverend Chloe Breyer, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New York, had the opportunity to participate in a Christian-Muslim Summit held in Rome with Pope Francis present. During the meeting, Breyer was able to to become briefly acquainted with the Holy Father. As well, the ICNY’s work on Muslim-Catholic service partnerships has been recognized in the past at meetings led by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Another possibility is the The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, an organization composed of representatives from religious, spiritual and ethical non-governmental organizations. Since 1972, the organization has met regularly, working to form dialogue about the ties between the global challenges the UN faces and the interplay of religion and ethical values in that picture. The Committee meets monthly between September and June at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
Visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
On his personal blog, Cardinal Dolan has expressed an eager desire to show St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Pope Francis in September while the pontiff is in New York. Located on Madison Avenue, the Cathedral was formally opened in May of 1879. In 2012, Cardinal Dolan launched a much-needed, $177 million dollar restoration of the Cathedral noting major problems such as the roof leaking, crumbling marble blocks, splitting glass, and outdated heating, air, and plumbing. Now, with the upcoming papal visit to the U.S. in mind, Cardinal Dolan is pressing for current building contractors to finish the restoration of the Cathedral before the end of September.
Historically, two pontiffs have visited the Cathedral. In October of 1936, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, visited the cathedral and celebrated Mass there for the 26th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral. Nearly a century later, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to celebrate Mass there during his visit to the United States in the Spring of 2008.
Pope Francis’ Mass at Madison Square Garden
During his visit to New York in September, Pope Francis may become the first pope to celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden, a popular indoor arena located in Manhattan. Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose indoor arena, primarily used for sporting events, concerts, and other large-scale events. With a seating capacity of over 19,000, the venue proves to be a suitable location for a papal Mass in New York.
Interethnic Meeting with the Pontiff
Perhaps one of the most unique and significant elements of Pope Francis’ trip to New York is the proposed interethnic meeting. The meeting will probably involve representatives of various communities and is considered quite significant because of the diversity of the people living in New York. There are no further details at this time.
Pope Benedict’s visit to Ground Zero
On April 20th, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to visit Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. There he knelt and prayed in the very spot where the World Trade Center once stood, blessed the site, and met with 24 selected guests. Since Pope Benedict’s visit, the official memorial has been established, and the museum has been finished, so there will be several new places for Pope Francis to see.
In anticipation of the pope's visit a bizarre event took place today in NYC:
New York City officials say a piece of mechanical equipment being lifted by a crane at an office building in Manhattan broke free and fell about 28 stories to the sidewalk below. Ten people including two construction workers were injured, but none of the injuries was considered life-threatening. Police say the call came in around 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Officers who responded to the high-rise building in Midtown East found that a crane's payload heading to the top of the building had broken free. Daily Mail Read More>>>>>