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First non-European pope in 1,200 years named after St. Francis

For only the second time in history, the Roman Catholic Church is headed by a man not from Europe. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, the second day of a papal conclave. Naming himself after Francis of Assisi, the new pope is also the first Jesuit to be elected to the Throne of St. Peter.... Read more»

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Mar 13, 2013, 1:07 pm
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He’s 76. Lovely. Now we’re going to have to go through all this again in about two or three years.

What is their problem with choosing a younger guy?

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Mar 13, 2013, 1:55 pm
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What have they got against women and minorities?

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Mar 13, 2013, 2:18 pm
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“Minority” is a slippery term, @janamg. Francis might not be considered such in Argentina, but in the United States, most people would probably call him so.

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Mar 13, 2013, 3:55 pm
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Why?  Are Italians minorities in the US?

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Mar 13, 2013, 4:04 pm
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I hate the distortion and overuse of the descriptor “minority” anyway when referencing skin color, but it really can’t be applicable in this case. The Catholic Church is a worldwide deal, yes? Probably more in that religion than any other. Hence, their population is the world’s population, so the skin color card really can’t play because their pool to choose from is global.

If you want to play the gender card, that’s another issue where you’d actually have a point. But, the whole bible thing says that women are subservient to men, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up on ever seeing a female Pope…or Cardinal or Bishop for that matter.

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Mar 13, 2013, 5:16 pm
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Wasn’t referring to skin color Bret, more so non-European based culture.

Concur on the “bible thing.”  It has a significant bit of emphasis on age too.  So there goes your younger guy.

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Mar 13, 2013, 8:52 pm
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Well, when I said “younger guy”, I wasn’t expecting them to pick a guy in his 30’s or something. But 50’s, early 60’s is reasonable, and I think would satisfy biblical orders.

To me, it makes zero sense to bestow a lifetime appointment on someone who doesn’t have very much sand left in the hourglass.

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