So let's get this straight: Since he took over the big role in 2013, Pope Francis has hosted Google Hangouts, met with members of the LGBT community, bailed on Congressional leaders to dine with homeless people instead, spent time with disabled children, taken a pro-environmental stand, and declared zero tolerance for priests involved in the church's sex-abuse scandal—among other timely issues he's made strides on. The Argentinean-born Pope, it's safe to say, has shown he's not like his predecessors. And now he's declaring wine a necessity?
Yes, this is true. Pope Francis has said that drinking wine is necessary for celebrations, and that not having it at weddings is an embarrassment.
In his words: “Water is needed to live, but wine expresses the abundance of the banquet and the joy of the celebration,” the Pope said, as translated by Aleteia via the Huffington Post (the original Italian transcription is here). If a wedding feast lacks wine, "the newlyweds are embarrassed by this. Imagine finishing a wedding feast drinking tea; it would be an embarrassment.”
The Pope made that statement in one of his weekly June addresses at the Vatican, as he described Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana, in the Gospel of John.
Wine, of course, is a key part of the church's rituals; Catholics traditionally drink it as part of the mass. The Vatican has a namesake vineyard called Cuvee du Vatican, which has been blessed by Popes.
If anyone wants to not only take the Pope at his word and pop open a bottle or two in celebration, but wants to stock up on wines similar to what Popes drink, VinePair describes how you can get your hands on a bottle of sacramental wine. Turns out several California producers, like Mont LaSalle, are making it available to the public.
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