Survey: Africans ready for African pope
March 12th, 2013
08:05 AM ET

Survey: Africans ready for African pope

By Sarah Brown, CNN

What are your thoughts on who the next Pope could, or should be? Tell us

(CNN) - Thousands of Africans have expressed their hopes that the next pope will be the first from their continent - with a majority believing it would mean the Catholic Church becoming more conservative.

The survey of 20,000 people, conducted on mobile phones across 11 nations, also exposed big divisions among Africans about the future direction of the church, including faith, homosexuality and race.

"An African pope will bring about more unity on the continent and confidence in Africans," said one woman from Zimbabwe, while a young Nigerian man polled said an African pope "will eradicate immoralities, such as same-sex marriage."

CNN commissioned the survey, partnering with Jana.com, which has pioneered polling in developing countries with fast-growing mobile networks.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

soundoff (226 Responses)
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    September 12, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  2. mariosamachetty

    The Pope is elected by the conclave through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
    I believe the next Pope will be Chinese.Remember how Communism was dismantled when John Paul II became Pope and thousands converted to Catholicism.New Pope Francis was not a front-runner and yet this Jesuit Priest is now a Pope.
    God really works in mysterious ways.

    March 17, 2013 at 7:33 am |
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    March 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

      just click report abuse to get rid of this trash.

      March 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  4. Reality

    Lyrics that resonate for all-time:

    "The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,
    The second, religious without intellect. "

    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

    March 13, 2013 at 12:02 am |
  5. Saraswati

    "Africans think Africa ready for African pope" isn't really a story...who imagined the results would be otherwise??? The 18% who disagreed might make a story. Or better yet, the opinion of Asian Catholics on the story.

    March 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  6. clarity

    Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases

    March 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      An estimated 4 to 5 million U.S. public school students may be at risk or become victims of seexual assault by school employees and teachers. Even so, media outlets and public officials remain tight-lipped, cover-up allegations, and fight disclosure.
      Since 2007, over 2,000 separate seexual abuse cases have been filed against U. S. public school employees. This takes into account the relatively small number of cases dismissed outright, dismissed under plea agreement or changed to other charges upon conviction, but does not include the many others that get swept under the rug, covered-up, or never reported at all, according to records kept by the website BadBadTeacher.com.

      Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/290312#ixzz2NQLNJjTQ

      March 13, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • sam stone

      "An estimated 4 to 5 million U.S. public school students may be at risk"


      "may be at risk"

      wow, what hard hitting info, billy

      cardinal mahony still shipping pedopiles off to unsuspecting parishes?

      again, tell us of the moral authority of NAMBLA-Vatican City

      March 13, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • sam stone

      "does not include the many others that get swept under the rug, covered-up, or never reported at all"

      papal pedophile enabler

      March 13, 2013 at 9:18 am |

    • You have 4500 KNOWN cases. And the coverup continues unabated.

      No answer for those missing records. They claimed they turned over 30,000 pages of evidence. Turns out, they only turned over 18,000 pages, and those were heavily redacted. Are you still buying the company line, Bill ? What's in those missing pages ?


      March 13, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  7. Akira

    Uh huh. It seems to me if they would have taken this poll in South America, the South Americans would be all for a Pope that came from that continent...same with North America, same with Europe...um, what's the point?

    March 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I see you said essentially the same thing I did two hours ago!

      March 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • Akira

      Ah, GMTA!
      Actually, I cannot see the previous pages on mobile version; if I could, I would never would have said the same thing. I would just have agreed with you and reiterated: GMTA! Lol

      March 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  8. ..


    March 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
  9. Nigerian

    An American church lady obese and wearing one of Africa's diamonds... the phrase 'putting an ear ring on a pig' rings true. The pearl is cast to the swine.
    It isn't over until the fat lady sings "hep me. i'm being devoured by my own pig"

    March 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Nigerian

    From the time of our ancestoral tribal leaders selling and trading what was then Africa's greatest natural treasure (the peoples themselves) to Christians in the West and Muslims in the East, Africa has been rayped.
    Our peoples starve as peoples who consume Africa are fat.
    This will change.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • sam stone

      Starve away

      March 13, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  11. Nigerian

    88% of you Americans say you are Christians. Believe you me. There is no such thing as a conservative American. (a statistic, on average)

    March 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • .

      Hey, Answerbubba, aren't you tired yet? Shut up. You've yet to show any citation, therefore the conclusion is that you make up stats as you go along. Go gay coitus someone, idiot.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Akira

      That 88% figure is wrong by at least 12 percentage points.

      Please stop lying to try and make your point. Thank you.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  12. Nigerian

    This oil be on Nigerian soil and be drilled for by Nigerian oilmen. Yet, less than one dollar per day make it to Nigerian citizen from oil sales revenues.
    Nigeria be a top ten oil exporting nation. Our oil and our oil profits flow westward to a peoples suffering with nationwide obesity and deep deep debt.
    This must change.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • .

      Again, because your government is too stupid to negotiate on behalf of its citizensn ANSWERMAN/BUBBA.
      And it appears its citizens are happy with that arangement, since nothing has EVER been done about it.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  13. Nigerian

    You keep the papacy, we keep our oil profits. Deal?

    March 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • .

      Time for a beat-down from the oil companies, since your government is too stupid to negotiate on behalf of its citizens.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Whoops ... I was wrong. Take back what I said.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      I am going crazy !!!!!

      March 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  15. Angel Moronic

    Survey of the lay people may say so but a survey of 115 old men says otherwise.

    March 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • Akira


      March 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Whoops ... I was wrong. Take back what I said.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm |

    End Religion
    I do not have book of hindu Mithra ism ,pagan savior ism called Christianity handy, but hindu liar Paul, in first letter he hind brag, he was in Jerusalem with disciples and in second letter he writes to other group of people, and swears on name of GOD, he never was with disciples or in Jerusalem. Reason some of Christians do not recognize him as person of any importance.

    March 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • SAAB


      March 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm |

      To hind lie is way of a hindu secular, filthy kenjer, Why? because hinduism denial of truth is based on hindu secular ism filthy kenjer ism, faith of hindu secular s, kenjers.

      March 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
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