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. Colin

    Tammy has clearly demonstrated that she is a coward and a hypocrite. She still has not apologized to Sue after calling her a prostitute.

    Tammy, you are very typical of your mean and hypocritical Christian ilk.

    March 14, 2013 at 12:04 am |
  2. Paul

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    March 14, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Religion is


      And it costs less than one cent!

      March 14, 2013 at 1:35 am |
  3. Reality

    Part of the flawed underbelly of Christianity that even a pope named Francis will not be able to cure:

    (only for the new members of this blog as current members know the flaws already):

    Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15: 14, Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

    The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,


    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  4. USMC 1371

    Hide all the dark little boys.......

    March 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  5. Dear moron,


    Your ignorant, but funny survey did not include GOPer, or teabagger, or bigot as an answer in the multiple choice. Re-write it and you see how many people will participate.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Dennis

    CNN, can we have less of the pope articles now already. He's just a man. In a dress.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm |

    @hahahahaha, fyi – I talked to couple of cousins on goat-kicking problem, they said they resolve the issue by using inflatable goat/sheep, the pleasure is still the same, easy to clean too!!!

    March 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  8. Susan mcculla

    Congradulations to the new Pope, he seems down to earth and humble. As a Christian I am delighted to my catholic friends to have a great leader.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Jeff Gerolmo

      I am so happy to see a Pope from the New World ! What a great leader of the Holy Apostolic Church .

      March 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • Yeah

      His parents were Italian. He's barely first generation Argentinian.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:07 am |
  9. SAAB

    Pope gives one more excuse to arrogant Argentinians to claim superiority in South America, my Peruvian friends tell me.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Just as well the Falkland Islanders just voted (by something like 99%) to stay British.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • clarity

      Yeah – I'm interested to see how that works out notaGOPer – you know if things escalate again over that issue; it could become a touchy subject between this Pope and that new Archbishop of C.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • clarity

      oo – that reminds me – they really need to bring back that claymation show Celebrity Deathmatch I think it was called

      March 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Jeff Gerolmo

      I know some Peruvians and Chilean as well . My wife's step dad is from Chile as is her best friend . They have some unusual ideas and many of Peru's beautiful ladies live with their Argentine Husbands in Argentina . That often is a source of resentment among the jealous Peruvian Men . My wife complains of the Argentine idea that they don't speak Spanish , but Castiliano . She claims Columbians speak the most proper Spanish as do every other Latin American Group .

      March 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    The Catholic Church must be really good at archaeology to be able to once again find such an ancient fossil. I guess it is their way of having term limits.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • Jeff Gerolmo

      Relic ? He is the most groundbreaking change ever ! Non Italian ! Non European ! Jesuit ! 76 and healthy ! He will be around for quite some time .

      March 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • Yeah

      Non Italian Non European? Are you totally clueless? His parents are Italian.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:09 am |
  11. Salero21


    Shakira; Olé is in Spain not in Argentina. Being from Brazil you ought to know that better!!

    March 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • Salero21

      😀 😀

      Reply button fail again! 😀

      March 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • Yeah

      Che is Argentinian.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Akira

      Butter Cookie, Spanish is the official language of Argentina. Try again.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • clarity

      Oh my , I guess dufus Salero21 was insinuating that Portuguese was the official language of Argentina. Figures.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Salero21

      😀 How long did it take to find it in Google? 😀

      March 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Salero21

      Olé y olé keep singing sharkira! 😀 Can you find your street in a map of the City, your city in a map of the State, your State in a map of the Country and the country in a map of the World? Where else do they say Che and Vos?

      March 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • ..

      Salero21, are you retarded?? 🙂 Yes, you are!! 🙂

      March 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • Salero21

      A double dot (..) is just that a double dot, twice a dot, period!

      March 14, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • Salero21

      Ok Sharkira last chance to redeem yourself, Google it! What's the purpose, when and where is it that people shout... Olé? Most people in Europe know this!

      March 14, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  12. 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 5:46 pm |
  13. Hahahahahahha

    Lighten Up Fancis!!!!! You can swallow now!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaah

    March 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  14. Hahahahahahha

    Oh look!!!!!!! Another irrelevant guy with a stupid looking hat!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahaha

    March 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  15. Reasonably

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

    Wasn't Benedict kinda the same and didn't he not do much at all about the corruption and paedophilia?

    March 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Yeah

      That's what "straight shooter" means in the Vatican.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • Psy Lance

      To become Pope you must be a straight shooter. No more than an 8% grade to their penis bend is allowed.

      March 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
  16. Reasonably

    Question 13's answer can't be (d) because there are other religions – Muslims, for example, that have similar circular arguments

    I know, pedantic, but, well...I enjoyed the rest of the post I wanted to help correct that

    March 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

    Old hinduism hog wash of a hindu secular, donkey head, Laarn to obey truth absolute and may be he will bless you with some light to see, what you have never seen in your life, hindu ignorant secular donkey head from hindered gutter of hindu secular ism, stupid donkey ism india.

    March 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • STFU

      wash your hand and write Napaki muslim, they are covered with your sh!t

      March 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • My Picture Of Muhammad


      March 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Sit back and read through this pope stuff. Jesus Christ would be appalled by your pettiness and callousness and self-centeredness. Of course, most of you do not believe in Jesus Christ. Find something to do that is constructive and positive; this kind of useless ranting needs to stop.

    March 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Chuckles

      You might want to be a little more specific?

      Also, pretty sure Jesus would be thrilled that there are people like him questioning the status quo and the church hierarchy.

      I mean, that's what he did.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

      Barbara's imaginary invisobuddy is mad at atheists, like she wants them to be. Funny how her imaginary Jesus has the emotions she projected into him.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • sam stone

      barbara: why do you feel that belief in christ is constructive?

      March 14, 2013 at 3:46 am |
  19. Colin

    Q.1 The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings on the planet are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the religion of:

    (a) The ancient Celts;
    (b) Bronze Age Egyptians;
    (c) Pre-Colombian Aztecs; or
    (d) Modern Catholics

    Q. 2 You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are:

    (a) a reptile handler who has severe mental issues;
    (b) a five year old boy who just read a fairytale;
    (c) a scientific fraud; or
    (d) a Catholic

    Q. 3 I believe that an all-knowing being, powerful enough to create the entire cosmos and its billions of galaxies, watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty" like protect myself from disease with a condom. I am

    (a) A victim of child molestation
    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover
    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions
    (d) A Catholic

    Q.4 I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am

    (a) A gifted psychologist
    (b) A well respected geneticist
    (c) A highly educated sociologist
    (d) A Catholic with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

    Q5. I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;
    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly
    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or
    (d) your average Catholic

    Q6. Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:

    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;
    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;
    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or
    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.

    Q.7 The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:

    (a) Architecture;
    (b) Philosophy;
    (c) Archeology; or
    (d) Religion

    Q.8 What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from Catholicism:

    (a) Catholicism tells people not only what they should believe, but what they MUST believe under threat of “burning in hell” or other of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;
    (b) Catholicism can make a statement, such as “God is comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;
    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas Catholicism is regional and a person’s Catholicism, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than geographical upbringing; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.9 If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:

    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;
    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;
    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or
    (d) my religious belief.

    Q.10 Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am

    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker
    (b) the mafia
    (c) A drug pusher; or
    (d) the Catholic Church

    Q.11 What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:

    (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;
    (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;
    (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.12 The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:

    (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;
    (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;
    (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions as “boots on the ground” to distribute condoms; or
    (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

    Q.13 The statement “I believe in God because the Bible tells me to and the reason I follow the Bible is because it is the word of God” is:

    (a) Circular reasoning at its most obvious;
    (b) The reason 99% of Catholics believe what they do;
    (c) Specific to the Judeo-Christian parts of the World and totally rejected by all other parts of the World; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.14 Probably the most fundamental tenet of Catholic faith is that God sent his son Jesus to Earth to die and save us from the original sin of Adam and Eve. We now know that Adam and Eve was a myth. As such, any thinking Catholic should:

    (a) Honestly and courageously question this and any other aspects of their faith that don’t make sense.
    (b) Make up some euphemistic nonsense like “well, we didn’t mean that literally” after having done exactly that for the last 1900 years until science comprehensively disproved it.
    (c) Just ignore the blatant contradiction and sweep it under the mat; or
    (d) Hold on to the myth because it makes them feel good.

    Q.15 Please choose your favorite Catholic superst.ition from those below. For the one you choose, please say why it is any more ridiculous than the rest of the garbage Catholics swallow and give an example of a non-Catholic belief which is just as stupid.

    (a) Grocery store bread and wine becomes the flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because a priest does some hocus pocus over it in church of a Sunday morning.
    (b) When I pray for something like “please god help me pass my exam tomorrow,” an invisible being reads my mind and intervenes to alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to meet my request.
    (c) You can pray to a dead person for something. This dead person will then ask God to fulfill your wish. If this happens twice, this dead person becomes a saint.
    (d) A god impregnated a virgin with himself, so he could give birth to himself and then sacrifice himself to himself to negate an “original sin” of a couple we now know never existed.

    March 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • Tino

      Thank you for the lecture of Reasoning 101.

      You're so correct, and 1 billions stupid catholics is wrong. Hemmm, how should I reason with this?

      March 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
  20. Salero21

    We'll see how he dance the Tango.

    March 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Akira


      March 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Salero21

      OMG, OMG! 😀

      Shakira; Olé is in Spain not in Argentina, you ought to know better!

      March 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Salero21

      Olé! is for bullfighting arenas, Flamenco and Pasodoble not for Tango.

      March 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Akira

      I do know better, Cookie, Spanish is the official language of Argentina. That's why I said it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      March 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Salero21

      Ja ja... I meant Ha Ha! Sharkira; how long did it take you to find all that in Google?

      March 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • ..

      🙂 🙂 🙂
      How long did it take you to figure out how to use Google to find that ARGENTINA may be a Spanish-speaking country, you stupid moron, Salero??? Idiot troll. Fucking bater.

      March 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
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