Day: March 13, 2013

WATCH: Dennis Rodman Calls for a Black Pope


Two weeks ago, former basketball star Dennis Rodman was rooting for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during a bizarre visit to the Hermit Kingdom. This week, he is in Vatican City rooting for a black Pope, he told the Associated Press and CBS News.

The basketball star’s Roman holiday is reportedly being funded by Paddy Power, an Irish gambling company that is running a Pope bracket.

(MORE: Dennis Rodman Plans Vacations to the Vatican and North Korea)

“One of those two black guys is going to be the Pope,” he told the Associated Press, perhaps alluding to early favorites Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze. “In our society, in the 21st century, it should be no surprise what’s going to happen.”

However, the AP writes, “Rodman didn’t seem too sure who he was supposed to be promoting when asked about…

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Argentina’s Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis

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[Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET] That will wrap up our live blog of Francis’ debut. For more coverage, check out the links above and read our full story.

[Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET] When Pope Francis is formally installed in a Mass later this month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be there, leading the U.S. delegation to the…

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Habemus Papam! Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina Becomes Pope Francis

Pope Francis: 14 Facts You Should Know about the Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio


Here’s a primer on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who became the first South American Pope this afternoon.

  • As the Archbishop of Buenos Aires he turned down the opportunity to live in the palatial Archibishop’s residence, opting for…

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Obama to Meet With House G.O.P. Over Budget –

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Still Far Apart on Budget, Obama and House G.O.P. Meet


Published: March 13, 2013


WASHINGTON – President Obama headed back to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to win over his loudest critics in Congress: the restless and resistant House Republican majority.

After his session Tuesday with Senate Democrats, the president was to spend an hour with Speaker John A. Boehner and the 231 other House Republicans, who have regularly tangled with the White House and Senate Democrats over tax and spending policy. The fight is being renewed this week as House Republicans unveiled their budget, calling for a repeal of the new health care law and a major overhaul of Medicare.

Senate Democrats prepared to release their own plan on Wednesday, which would raise new revenues through tax increases and call for new public investment.

As some Republicans left the meeting early, they…

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“Doxology: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (with lyrics)”


God bless

the Vatican Conclave

as they do His work.

Conclave Cartoon #10

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