The Vatican, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – Unknown to many, Pope Francis has a very peculiar taste when it comes to music, and he has no problem making his preferences known even if it is frowned upon by The Vatican’s conservative Curia.
Just this week, Pope Francisselected punk singer Patti Smith to play at this year’s Vatican Christmas Concert in Rome next month. Smith’s booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with the Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as “blasphemous”, following the singer’s 1975 song ‘Gloria’, which famously featured the lines: “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.”
Today, the Pope announced that he has chosen Filipino singer Charice to sing ‘The Prayer’ at all his scheduled public appearances in Manila and Tacloban. The pontiff is scheduled to visit the Philippines January 15-19 next year.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is not happy about the Pope’s choice. Charice has come out recently as a lesbian and the Filipino bishops would rather have someone else sing for the Pope – heterosexual singers like Lea Salonga or born-again Christian Kuh Ledesma.
The Vatican, however, said that the Pope is just being consistent with his earlier pronouncement that gay men and women are also God’s children and that he is not in a position to judge them. “The Pope’s selection of Charice reflects that pronouncement, ” The Vatican said.
The Vatican, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipino Church leaders preparing for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January have announced that the head of the Roman Catholic Church will speak in English during his speeches and meetings with the Filipino people. This, despite the fact that the Argentinian pontiff is not as comfortable with English as he is in Latin and Spanish.
Today, however, The Vatican once again surprised many who are closely watching the Pope’s pronouncements and activities. It was revealed that Francis has instead chosen to speak in Tagalog while visiting the Philippines. He is currently taking Tagalog lessons from a private coach in Rome.
Tagalog (Pilipino) is the national language of the Philippines. It draws on many Spanish words (The Philippines was under Spanish rule for many centuries before the U.S. brought Hollywood into the country).
Pope Francis said that so far, learning Tagalog has been a breeze, saying that in fact, he didn’t have to re-learn many words and phrases which have the same meaning in both Tagalog and Spanish, like ‘Padre’ (father), ‘relihiyon’ (religion), ‘krus’ (cross), and ‘Espirito Santo’ (Holy Spirit).
Perhaps the only phrase the Pope will not get quite right is ‘noche buena’ which douesn’t mean ‘a good night’ in Tagalog. Rather it means ‘midnight feast.’ As in food.
Hollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles ) – ‘The Little Mermaid’ turns 25 today, and Disney Films has a grand plan to continue the animated film’s journey into the next 25 years.
On the eve of the film’s silver anniversary, Disney announced it has started filming the sequel to ‘The Little Mermaid.’ It is expected to be released on Memorial Day of 2015.
The new film will follow the aquatic journey of the mermaid as she enters her adult years. Disney promises that the film will enthrall kids and adults alike. “Audiences from every street corner of the world will fall in love with the adult heroine, Lady Starbucks,” a spokesperson said.
As a promo for the upcoming film, Disney also announced that anyone who possesses a Starbucks gift card with at least $25 in it, will be entitled to free admission (for two) to a screening of the movie at any theater.
Watch out for the new Little Mermaid poster and promo details at a Starbucks near you.