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.
“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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- New pope is Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who takes the name Pope Francis.
- Francis, 76, is the first non-European pope in the modern era, the first South American pope and the first Pope Francis.
- Election comes on first full day of the cardinals’ conclave in the Sistine Chapel.
- New pope, who succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, asks crowd to pray for him.
- Updates below; full story; Bergoglio profile; name “most stunning”; iReport.com: Your views?; Photos from the Vatican
[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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Here’s a primer on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who became the first South American Pope this afternoon.
- Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 17, 1936.
- He has four brothers and sisters. His father was an Italian immigrant and railway worker, and his mother was a housewife.
- Prior to becoming Supreme Pontiff, he had been Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, and a cardinal since 2001.
- Before becoming Archbishop, he taught literature, philosophy, theology, and psychology.
- He also has a philosophy degree from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
- In 1958, at the age of 21, he decided to enter the Society of Jesus, and started studying to become a Jesuit priest.
- 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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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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