Sunday, April 03, 2005

Will the next Pope be from Africa?

With the passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, millions are speculating on who will be ordained the next pope.

Could the next Pope be African? Cardinal Francis Arinze, a 72-year-old Nigerian who served as a close advisor to Pope John Paul II, may be considered. Arinze is the fourth-ranking Cardinal in the Vatican and is the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Chirevo Kwenda, head of the department of religious studies at the University of Cape Town, says the election of an African pope is ”long overdue”. The last African cleric to lead the Catholic Church was Gelasius the First, from 492 to 496. How significant is this fact, and what weight will it hold, if any, when the Conclave convenes? Read more at IPS.


Blogger VikiBabbles said...

One thing to perhaps consider is that the rest of the world doesn't necessarily have the "oh no, not a black man" mentality that is prevalent in the United States.

If Arinze does become the next Pope, think what that might mean to some of the holier-than-thou, yet utterly racist folks in the US.

9:34 AM  
Blogger truth addict said...

That would be great. A black pope, it's been a long time since the world has seen that. Shoot I think the Earth was still falt

I saw on a blog while surfing with blog clicker and it said there was a prohacy(?) that said the next pope after John Paul would be from Africa. HuMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

I havs not been able to find it and I forgot to mark it darn it.

10:32 AM  
Blogger truth addict said...

Prophecy hehe I looked it up. Hey Viki that picture looks a lot like me ma.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

There has been speculation for some time that Arinze is "papabile" (papal material). I've also heard that he is extremely conservative -- probably more so than John Paul II.

1:39 PM  
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