Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, Italy. If I were a one man conclave, he would be the next Pope. He spearheaded the movement in 2007 to fight legalized gay marriage in Italy, for which he received so many death threats from militant gays that the Genoa Police assigned a full time officer to his protection.

It doesn’t hurt that he and I share the same name. It doesn’t hurt also that he resembles Pope Pius XII. It is time to return the Sancta Sedes, the chair of Peter, to the Italians.

Papabile: The Men Who Would Be Pope


For articles on who could be the next Pope (aka papabile), see these articles.

The National Catholic Reporter and CNN commentator John Allen Jr. has had a daily blog on a different contender every day. See the articles ‘Papabile of the Day’

The Tablet from England has this article:

A view from Africa. This the article on the Papabile from The Guardian of Nigeria:

The Western Catholic Reporter from Western Canada has their own take:

Here is the BBC’s view:

 The Last African Pope

Pope St. Gelasius (A.D. 492-496)

Little is known about the origins of this saintly fifth-century pope, but the records indicate that he was either from Africa or born in Rome to an African family.  Thus, Pope St. Gelasius was the third and last African pope.  The others were Pope St. Victor I (A.D. 189-99) and Pope St. Militiades (A.D. 311-14).

Contrary to the claims of some commentators, however, none of these popes were “black,” i.e. Sub-saharan African.  These popes were from North Africa (the present-day Maghreb), which was populated by the native Berbers (many of whom were Romanized or Hellenized) as well as Roman colonists.  

Thus, if the papabile Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is elected pope, he would be the first black pope, but the fourth African.

Image: A Modern Print of Pope St. Gelasius.  


For more on the history of North Africa see the previous post “Abd al-Qadr: Hero of Algeria, Frenemy of France, International Celebrity.”

A Damn lie. This is a great example of a misapplication if Statistics in our society. The article’s intention is very malicious, from my opinion. The selection of the next Pope is not like a popularity contest or a political election. Rather, this is a sacred ceremony that involves nothing about numbers or popularity, it’s about Faith.

Cardinal Scherer: Modern ways, traditional message

By Bradley Brooks, AP, Mar 8, 2013
SAO PAULO (AP)–Cardinal Odilo Scherer is known for prolific tweeting, appearances on Brazil’s most popular late-night talk show and squeezing into the subway for morning commutes–just like most of the 5 million faithful in his diocese.

Scherer is Brazil’s best hope to be the next pope–and one of the top papal contenders from the developing world.

At the relatively young age of 63, he enthusiastically embraces all new methods for reaching believers, while staying true to a conservative line of Roman Catholic doctrine.

Scherer joined Twitter in 2011 and in his second tweet said: “If Jesus preached the gospel today, he would also use print media, radio, TV, the Internet and Twitter. Give Him a chance!”

“He’s someone who is known for being willing to dialogue, be it with other faiths or about politics,” said Virgilio Arraes, a contemporary history professor at the University of Brasilia who specializes in the Vatican. “But on social issues, I can’t see him straying far from the current pope’s position.”

Scherer is a slim man with an energetic step. The blue eyes that peer intently behind steel-framed glasses betray his strong European roots; he was the seventh of 13 children in a family that descended from German immigrants, born and raised in southern Brazil.

“That region has produced many of the best leaders of the Brazilian church over the past 30 or 40 years. It is one of the most dynamic areas in terms of producing priestly vocations, nuns and other religious personnel,” said Kenneth Serbin, chair of the University of San Diego history department whose research has focused on the church in Brazil.

“It is an area where the institutional church is the strongest and where there is a very strong European kind of devotion with a lot of emphasis on church hierarchy, respect for the clergy and for bishops.”

Scherer, who speaks Italian, German and Portuguese fluently and is proficient in English, French and Spanish, was ordained at age 27 and holds a doctorate in theology from Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University. He held numerous pastoral and teaching positions across Brazil before being appointed in 1994 to the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for Bishops, where he stayed until 2001.

He was then sent back to Brazil, where he became the auxiliary bishop of Sao Paulo and served for five years as the secretary general of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. He became the Sao Paulo archbishop in 2007 and was named a cardinal later the same year.

Church watchers say Scherer is highly respected by Benedict; he was one of just two Latin Americans named to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization that the pope created in 2010 as part of an effort to battle against secularism in Europe and the loss of the faithful to increasingly popular Pentecostal churches in Latin America, especially in Brazil.

“One of the church’s most important goals is the promotion of our new evangelization, and nobody has injected more energy into the pastoral community than Dom Odilo,” said Jose Arnaldo Juliano dos Santos, a Sao Paulo priest and church historian. “He’s working to make the church a more active part of society.”

Scherer hasn’t backed down from what some see as harder-line positions. Yet he’s taken stands just as strong on issues favored by the left. Scherer has praised the advances that liberation theology–a movement that uses Jesus’ teachings to fight social injustice–has brought to Brazil’s poor, though criticized its perceived Marxist connections. He also criticized massive government infrastructure projects in the Amazon jungle that, he said, are planned “without taking due account of their social and environmental consequences.”

Arraes, the history professor, said the sheer number of European cardinals who will vote in the conclave work against Scherer’s papal prospects.

Errr… just your ordinary Cardinal in Manila: Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, a papabile, a man of the poor, a Summa Cum Laude, he’s very charismatic, humble, he got a baritone voice, and possibly the best candidate to revolutionize the church of Christ. We don’t know what God wants, but if He would want Cardinal “Chito” then it would be a blessing not only to Asians but also to the rest of the world. :)

La mia testa ha voluto innamorarsi ma non ci credeva nemmeno lei, così ha visualizzato il più papabile senza considerare il resto. E quindi mi sono innamorato di uno che manco mi caca, manco so se gli piacciono i maschi.
La cosa che mi dà fastidio è il suo sorriso. Non sorridetemi più se non vi piaccio, vi prego! L'altro giorno pure uno a scuola mi sorrideva di continuo e non riusciva a guardarmi negli occhi e poi non si è fatto vivo mai più. Che problemi avete tutti? Questa vita è una frustrazione continua

Quante volte, eh, la pur medesima, stessa, “spiaccicata” cosa “cambia anche completamente faccia” se detta e/o fatta in ben altro modo…
Sul lavoro, in Amicizia, in Amore, nelle “relazioni” sociali, ecc. 
Tempo fa, un pò di giorni fa, postai di una tipa che, “freddamente”, quasi seccata pure pareva, mi scrisse: “Ah no! Con gli sconosciuti la sera non esco. Ciao!”
Si era “parlato” di un possibile, “papabile” incontro, ma non capivo cosa volesse dirmi quando mi scrisse… Ahm, sì, ecco, il 1° Maggio era venerdì, quindi l'ipotesi era per sabato 2: “Scusami ma domani devo lavorare.” Io non capivo, per cui: “Sì, va beh, ma domani sera va bene, no?!”
E lei, appunto: “"Ah no! Con gli sconosciuti la sera non esco. Ciao!”
Ovvero: “Ciao, Paolo! Scusami, niente contro di te, assolutamente, davvero, ci mancherebbe, ma con persone che ancora non conosco, non bene almeno, preferisco decisamente non uscire la sera, è una questione mia, spero mi comprenderai. Magari ci mettiamo d'accordo per domenica pomeriggio, vediamo, dai! Comunque buon w-e! Ciao.”

Eh, allora, messa così non cambia di brutto? Tanto lei se non avesse COMUNQUE voluto, con me non usciva, no?! Almeno non quella volta.
Invece adesso sono io che non ho più voglia. Eh!
Chi disse, forse, il Grande Totò De Curtis… Sì,

E come disse Toto’ : Tratta come ti trattano … che non è mai sbagliato… !!!