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Pope Francis: First Catholic leader from Latin America
March 13th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

Pope Francis: First Catholic leader from Latin America

Rome (CNN) - Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff of the modern era, revealed himself to the world from a balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Jorge Bergogolio, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name Francis shortly after being elected by cardinals in what was apparently the fifth round of voting on the second day of the conclave.

"As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome," Francis told a cheering crowd of thousands packed into St. Peter's Square.

"It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. ... Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace."

The new pope called on the thousands packed into the square - and those watching around the world - to pray for him before he delivered a blessing.

Bergogolio, 76, is the first pope to take the name after St. Francis of Assisi, revered among Catholics for his work with the poor.

The new pontiff is considered a straight shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church's most conservative wing.

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  1. William Demuth

    Does he now require the altar boys to yell "Aye Pappi" while he buggers them?

    March 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  2. William Demuth

    So now the Holy Trinity becomes the Three Amigos?

    Jose and Maria Begat Jesus?

    March 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  3. End Religion

    Must quickly gather the world's leading fashion expects to begin working on his shoes.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse

      You could feed a small country for what the Vatican spend on all those expensive man-dresses.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • End Religion

      ...man my typing is awful. I used to be a pretty good hunt n' pecker...
      [this area left open for humiliating one liner]

      March 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  4. End Religion

    Religion is failing miserably. Google "high pope turn out" and "low pope turn out" – the "high" one has almost no actual stories about a high number of people coming to see the pope when he visits. In fact some of the "high" articles are about high turn out at protests against the pope. The "low" search reveals story after story over the years of disappointing turnouts.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  5. Akira

    "Until last year, Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before stepping down because of his age. He is 76."
    Yes...but does he think that being the Pope is going to be less strenuous?

    March 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • Katie Love

      Bishops are required to step down at 75. It wasn't necessarily his decision.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  6. Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse!!!

    Great. Another whack-a-doodle pope who says gay marriage is "a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

    Just how low do you have to stood to be Pope?

    March 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  7. Doc Vestibule

    POPE FRANCIS SCHEDULE – DAY 1
    1) Hat fittings. In a church of hierarchical haberdashery, proper hat fitting is very important.
    2) Thank you speech. "I'd like to thank God, The Conclave – really you guys are great – Pope Benny, I beatcha! ha!, the academy and all the fans throughout the years.
    3) Introduce schemes to engage new Catholics in the 3rd world. Brand name indulgences at discount prices!
    4) Condemn this and that from a fiery pulpit, including American nuns, birth control users, those who treat other religions with respect and anyone who has ever mast.urba.ted.
    5) Try hand at a few miracles. Maybe something new, like changing oregano into marijuana
    6) Send notes to all the pedophile priests in hiding assuring them that their secrets are safe
    7) Head down to the Vatican library to study heretical literature the church suppressed, such as Madonna's "Se.x Book" and "The Gospel of Paul Simon". Can I really Call him Al?
    8) Read the Koran while quietly chuckling to self
    9) Polish off celebratory bottle of communion wine

    March 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Honestly, I've always wondered if a pope, when first elected, tried to perform a miracle or two. Something easy, like the water into wine bit or even creating loaves of bread.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • SAAB

      you missed his tweeter account!!

      March 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • SAAB

      it would be counted towards miracles if he learns how to tie his shoes

      March 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • JMEF

      Chuckles
      Well he does co ok for himself, fis h cakes, unlea vened bread and home made char donnay for the celebration banquet. Oy Vey.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  8. spinning

    smart.....Choose a pope from your strongest supporters ... l think they know the US and Europe are all but lost to them, and they ve done a vast amount of damage in Africa so that's unsteady ground.

    Just wish we d cut loose of the whole construct, then with a major wedge gone from humanity, we could actually have a shot at uniting most of this planet and focus on poverty and getting off this planet...if we did that we just MIGHT have a chance at surviving to see the end of this century.....

    March 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Well they didn't have much of a choice. They can't choose an American (or even a north american for that matter) without the rest of the world getting pis.sed about American Imperialism reaching the highest ranks of the Vatican, and the African chruch is such a different monster that for an insti.tution devoted to conservatism and maintianing the status quo, an African pope would have shaken things up too much.

      I'm surprised they didn't stick with the guy from Milan, but this could be the Vatican's way of realizing their base in Latin America and recognizing them as a powerful force within the vatican.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  9. Topher

    Why did he pray to Mary to watch over the city?

    March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Akira

      Why do you care, Topher? Do you really think that your faction of Christianity is any more valid than the RCC's?
      This kind of division is tiring.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • mzh

      What would you say about the statement of "The Lord seemed to be sleeping"?

      I ask The Almighty to guide the mankind to the straight path, ameen...

      March 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Topher

      Akira

      I do. If he's praying to Mary, he's going against scripture.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse!!!

      Topher's imaginary super invisobuddy is better than everyone elses' imaginary super invisobuddy.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Topher
      The standard Catholic speech is that they do not pray TO The Virgin Mary or any of their myriad saints, they pray THROUGH them.
      Have you ever read Gulliver's Travels? In the land of Laputa, if one wishes to get the attention of the King, one must first engage his flapper – someone whose job it is to jiggle the King's ear with a bladder on a stick.
      In the Catholic world, the Saints are God's flappers.
      For example, if you can't get into your car, God is more likely to remind of that you left you keys in the bathroom if you engage Saint Zita first. As the Patron Saint of Lost Keys, he can communicate your prayer better than you can yourself.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • mzh

      Also did you know that John wrote in his gospel (chapter 19) that Jesus is calling his mother as 'Woman' and not a mother?

      Did Mr. John really heard him (Jesus) calling his mother as 'Woman' or he just assumed or could it be overridden?

      Peace to all...

      March 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Akira

      Topher, this is YOUR interpretation of the Scripture, as the Baptists have taught you. So?
      Catholic pray to the BVM. The "Hail, Mary" isn't a football play.
      You may certainly disagree with what you perceive as going against scripture, as everybody has a right to their opinion. Of course, this doesn't make your interpretation correct; and, as I said, it just causes divisiveness. Know that the billion Catholics disagree with YOU; does that make THEIR interpretation correct?
      Why did you even watch it? To critique what a billion people believe? Does it make you feel better about your faith?
      I will never, EVER get that Christians find it so easy to dismiss other Christian's faith as being wrong.

      Oh, whatever, Topher. Think as you like. They do.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Topher

      Doc Vestibule

      The words the new Pope used were "... pray to Mary ..."
      And even if they prayed through Mary or the saints, it's still against scripture.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Rollo Tomasi

      Interesting how Christians are Christians simply by accepting Jesus when that suits them, and say that other Christians are not really Christians when it suits them.

      Moral relativism is wonderful to behold in people who think they live by moral absolutes.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • sam stone

      Of course Gopher's view is more valid....

      March 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Topher

      Akira

      "Topher, this is YOUR interpretation of the Scripture, as the Baptists have taught you. So?"

      Fair enough. But it doesn't matter what the Baptists teach. What matters is what God says about a subject.

      "Catholic pray to the BVM. The "Hail, Mary" isn't a football play."

      I know. And this is against scripture.

      "You may certainly disagree with what you perceive as going against scripture, as everybody has a right to their opinion. Of course, this doesn't make your interpretation correct; and, as I said, it just causes divisiveness. Know that the billion Catholics disagree with YOU; does that make THEIR interpretation correct?"

      Show me then a verse that says we should pray to Mary. Show me a verse that says pray THROUGH Mary. Show me a verse that says Mary is anyone other than a sinner who needed forgiveness for her sins. I've got something to back up my contention. 1 Timothy 2:5 ... "5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus"

      "Why did you even watch it?"

      Cause I'm a news hound.

      "To critique what a billion people believe? Does it make you feel better about your faith?"

      No.

      "I will never, EVER get that Christians find it so easy to dismiss other Christian's faith as being wrong."

      Then they should stick with what God says, not man's doctrines. I'd say that about the Baptists, too.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • mzh

      To Dear Doc Vestibule:

      Doesn't it contradict with what in John 4:23?

      King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
      But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. – John 4:23

      I ask The Almighty to open up the inner eyes of entire mankind so that they could be rightly guided, ameen...

      March 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • Cal

      The last time I checked, salvation was obtained by accepting Jesus as your savior. Why argue about the other stuff?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • End Religion

      this is just Topher cognitive dissonance alarm bells going off. His stance is prayer works. If people are praying to Mary then Mary must be a goddess worth praying to. Is Topher missing out on the REAL Creator?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Topher

      Cal

      "The last time I checked, salvation was obtained by accepting Jesus as your savior. Why argue about the other stuff?"

      Jesus doesn't need you to accept Him. I know that's standard Christian lingo, but it can be misleading. What we must do to be saved is repent (that is, not just say you are sorry, but turn away from sinning and agree with God) and trust in Him to do what He said He did and will do.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Topher "Then they should stick with what God says, not man's doctrines"
      .
      And who wrote the bible? lol

      March 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • sam stone

      "What matters is what God says about a subject"

      Of course, Gopher is the authority on what god thinks.

      Pompous cretin

      March 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Topher

      Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      "And who wrote the bible? lol"

      God did.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Sorry Topher....but man wrote the bible and you know this. It is one of those things that cannot be ignored.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Topher

      Man inspired by God. Sure.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Madtown

      Topher
      Man inspired by God. Sure.
      ---–
      Yes of course, so say the men who wrote the words. No conflict of interest there at all. I'm sure they were telling the truth. Curious though, that God didn't provide other humans in other cultures these same inspirations. Only a select few in a small regional area. I guess God loved them more that his other human creations throughout the world.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Written and produced by men. Hey Picasso inspired me to paint but he didnt paint my paintings. This is the reality.....men wrote the bible. People have faith in writings of men. I have no doubt they might have been "inspired" by their belief. But you are being dishonest with yoruself if you are saying God wrote something that he/she never laid a hand to.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Topher

      Madtown

      " I'm sure they were telling the truth."

      We know they were telling the truth. The books were written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. So not only did the authors see what they wrote about, but if they lied or stretched the truth, the other witnesses would have called them on it.

      "Curious though, that God didn't provide other humans in other cultures these same inspirations. Only a select few in a small regional area."

      God used both Jews and a Gentile to write the NT books. Who else would you want to do that? Someone in Russia perhaps that never saw Christ or His works?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Topher

      Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      If you sit down and hand write a letter to your grandmother, who gets credit for it? You or your pen?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • fyi trivia

      Doc,

      Good one.

      fyi: Zita was a female (just in case you have an opportunity to use this again)

      March 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Madtown

      We know they were telling the truth
      ----–
      Of course you do. You "know" everything. All the answers to all these questions that mankind has asked since...........the dawn of time. But you've got it all figured out. Gotcha. Your arrogance is astounding, but still hilarious. Again today, you've made me LOL, and I thank you for that. Will you be around tomorrow to make us laugh again?

      March 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Topher

      Madtown

      I never made that claim.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      Gopher: You CLAIM that you have evidence not only of A god, but the god of the bible. But, when asked to provide this supposed evidence, you do not. You CLAIM that a dean made a speech that she wanted to kick Christians out of the college, but when challenged on that video (which you provided), you say you did not watch it. You CLAIM that you never said that you never said that you feel your view is right because you feel it is right, but you contradict it by parroting the words of the bible to people who obviously do not accept the supposed authority of the bible. Why should they? Because you do? You are a duplicitous coward.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • sam stone

      "The books were written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses."

      This is hearsay, Gopher

      March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Topher

      Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      If you sit down and hand write a letter to your grandmother, who gets credit for it? You or your pen?
      -

      I would like you to answer this question. Who gets credit.... the author (person writing) or the pen.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      "The books were written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses."
      .
      Besides putting your faith in the men who wrote the bible, you are also putting your faith in hearsay. lol There were claims and witnesses who saw sea monsters, mermaids and dragons......how much credibility does this offer? Of course very little so it requires faith to believe in such beasts.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
  10. Bill Deacon

    May God bless pope Francis, that his ministry be a balm to the world and that he pastor us into a deeper revelation of the Gospel so that the world may be reconciled through Jesus Christ into harmony with the Holy Spirit and that a community of all mankind embrace the peace and love of our Lord and Savior

    Amen

    March 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Topher

      Bill

      As I'm sure you know, I disagree with Catholicism and the office of Pope, but it looks like this guy might be a good one for you. Congrats.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • The Demon Deacon

      Bill Deacon
      Is irrelevant. Billy is an obsequious papal apologist troll. Well you have a new butt to kiss but this guy may self off all the trinkets and jewelry if he turns out to be like his namesake.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • The Demon Deacon

      Ah, freudian slip, meant sell off, but self off works in the priesthood or is supposed too.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Dill Beacon

      May the world never learn of Francis's complicity and complacency in the Dirty War, nor of Argentina's share of the pedophilia scandal.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      A balm? It's a dangerous animal! Quick, throw it in the trough.
      There is an animal called a Balm.
      Or did I dream it?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse and Brian's mum

      Thanks a lot for the gold and frankincense, er, but don't worry too much about the myrrh next time. All right?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      Billy (and Gopher): Free people do not need a savior. If you want to get on your knees and beg for salvation, have at it. If you want to take a whip and beat yourselves, knock yourself out. You are amusing creatures

      March 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • End Religion

      This Pope will need to liberally apply balm to the chafed buttocks of the Church. Get to work. Perhaps some Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers songs would be appropriate?

      http://youtu.be/_TuYrDBp7Bc

      March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • What?

      Balm, I thought they called it lube in the sacristy?

      March 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  11. Reality

    A Jesuit as pope!!! Wow!!

    And this is nice:

    "As Cardinal, Bergoglio became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. A simple lifestyle has contributed to his reputation for humility. He lives in a small apartment, rather than in the palatial bishop's residence. He gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of public transportation, and he reportedly cooks his own meals."

    We shall see if he converts St. Peter's to a museum with proceeds going to the poor.

    But as noted previously:

    The damage has been done. The flawed underbelly of the RCC and all religions in general has been forever exposed and no pope even one named Francis will be able to cure the wounds.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  12. Akira

    Cardinal Bergolio from Argentina. First non-European Pope ever.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Akira

      Pope Francis. After Frances of Assisi. Aw.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • JMEF

      Akira
      Was it you that was prescient using the caption, Don't Cry for me Argentina, under a picture of Benny.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • clarity

      It will be interesting to hear reflections from the new pope (if any are made) versus the church of england as this issue with the Faulkands potentially comes to a head again.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • clarity

      (Falklands )

      March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • End Religion

      Who says St. Francis was a Sissy?

      March 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Akira

      JMEF, yes, I was! A prophecy come true, I guess...lol...

      ER: lol.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • JMEF

      Akira
      Thought it was congrats, but watch yourself L4H will be hitting you up for tips on what comes next.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Zingo

      I prefer the Robin Williams version: The Fuckin' Islands!

      March 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • lemming51

      Akira,
      Are you sure he took Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi? I'd think it more likely a Jesuit would take the name of St. Francis Xavier. 😉

      March 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  13. SAAB

    for a second there I thought guys in black suits were throwing the new pope off the balcony, but it turned out it was a white carpet they were hanging

    March 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  14. mzh

    May the peace and blessings be upon all of you...

    31:10 – He has created the heavens without any pillars, that you see, and He has set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should shake with you. And He has scattered therein moving (living) creatures of all kinds. And We send down water (rain) from the sky, and We cause (plants) of every goodly kind to grow therein.

    31:11 – This is the creation of Allah. So show Me that which those (whom you worship), besides Him have created. Nay, the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and those who do not believe in the Oneness of Allah) are in plain error.

    4:1 – O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. and fear Allah through Whom you

    demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.

    And it is Allah who gives life and causes death, and Allah is Seeing of what you do.

    Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are arrogant and boastful.

    I ask The Almighty to guide the mankind to straight path, amen......

    March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hallucinations – the person has invisible friends who (s)he insists are real, and to whom (s)he speaks daily, even though nobody can actually see or hear these friends.

      Delusions – the patient believes that the invisible friends have magical powers to make them rich, cure cancer, bring about world peace, and will do so eventually if asked.

      Denial/Inability to learn – though the requests for world peace remain unanswered, even after hundreds of years, the patients persist with the praying behaviour, each time expecting different results.

      Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality – the beliefs are contingent upon ancient mythology being accepted as historical fact.

      Paranoia – the belief that anyone who does not share their supernatural concept of reality is "evil," "the devil," "an agent of Satan".

      Emotional abuse – ­ religious concepts such as sin, hell, cause feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and other types of emotional "baggage" which can scar the psyche for life.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  15. Reality

    The damage has been done. The flawed underbelly of the RCC and all religions in general has been forever exposed and no pope will be able to cure the wounds.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • mzh

      Its very unfortunate that 1.2 billions human asks a dead person to be cured from wounds.... whereas no one knows what is the condition of the dead person...

      O our Lord, please guide us the entire mankind to the straight path... ameen...

      March 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  16. Honey Badger Dont Care

    I think that it's Pope Snoop Dogg the 1st. Sorry, Snoop Lion.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  17. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Happy time for hindu Lucifer, filthy self centered donkey, now he has a son to hind fool humanity in to hinduism denial of truth absolute GOD actively. Way of hindus secular s to spread hindu secular ism filthy donkey ism called Catholic ism among humanity.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Paul

      I have always been impressed with you ability to get your point across, where did you learn how to write so well?

      March 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Look deep into language, word Animal means self centered, or a secular, do does name of every animal, but in different form.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • SAAB

      Go wash your hands Mohammad, they are covered with your sh!t.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • mzh

      ISLAM is peace and not to spread hatrate among mankind... i doubt if you are a good educated muslim...

      Peace...

      March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Than you Thank you Paul!!! you made my day, people always criticized me for my writing. I picked up in Pakistan while attending training camps, thanks again for your kind words Paul!!!

      March 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • SAAB

      @mzh, the blogger is a bas tard from Pakistan, it goes with the terrotory

      March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • mzh

      This is also another unfortunate thing that because of few named Muslim, the mankind looks down to Islam where the teaching of Islam is – someone came to kill prophet and instead he accepted Islam.... there are lots of examples... one of the examples could be... a jew woman used to put trash on the prophet Muhammad's way every day, one day he did not see the trash and he went to visit her to see if she is doing okay and then guess what.. she accepted Islam... and examples could go on and on...

      may The Almighty guide us all....

      March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • STFU

      @mzh, agree, no one should measure other religions with his or her own scale, this guy Mohammad A. Dar, shame for Islam is Sunni from Pakistan, he cheers killing of all muslim minorities on internet, and calls them Hindus pretending to be muslims and deserved to be killed; he is a "real terrorist", only thing is he does not have balls to pick up gun and fight for what he believes in, but hides behind computers and throws his hateful words at others, coward from Pakistan.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      mzh
      You are a nave Muslim or more likely another face of hindus, crooks of hindered gutter of hindu secular ism, filthy kenjer ism india, stay out of it, if your are a Muslim, but more likely a hindu pretending to be Muslim, get lost hindu donkey, filthy secular, pretending to be Muslim.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Paul

      yeah, it's called sarcasm, you can't write for s.hit.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  18. Akira

    Whoa. That was fairly quick.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • End Religion

      They got drunk and played "rock, paper, scissors" for the job.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse!!!

      There was a big pedo-orgy planned and they didn't want to miss it. Larry the janitor almost got elected in the confusion.

      I forget: is the black smoke the opium or the crack? They've got to be smoking something extreme to believe what they do . . .

      March 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  19. Terrell Pearson

    The first black Pope? Peter Turkson? We shall see.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Not the first black pope, but it would still be interesting nonetheless

      March 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  20. End Religion

    Well, we're halfway through the Pop post onsluaght. Now it'll be 2 weeks of "who is this new pope" stories.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Akira

      Right...

      March 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Billy

      Anthony Crispino's take on the new pope should prove interesting.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Bubbles, Doom Poodle of the Apocalypse!!!

      That was the nice thing about Romney face-planting the election: all those dreary Mormon stories ended. I say it's at least a month of "New Pope Flushes For The First Time" stories.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
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