As pope resigns, Africa hopes for rise of its own
Catholic worshippers and clergy in Africa, where the church is rapidly growing, greeted the news Monday of Pope Benedict XVI's impending retirement with surprise, respect, and a question: Could the next pontiff be from their continent? Some 176 million people in Africa are Catholic - roughly a third of all Christians across the continent - ... (more)
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#1 Feb 11, 2013
i pray dat d church should allow d holy spirit 2 choose it head 4rm what ever continent and stop politicising d papalcy. Although i wish a nigerian should b d pope but i pray dat God's will prevail
#2 Feb 12, 2013
The next Pope will be European. Popes always come from Europe - that is God's will.
#3 Feb 12, 2013
youtube.com/watch... …… Get Over it,old Pope to old
Since: Dec 11
#4 Feb 14, 2013
There are many interesting clues that would say, if Pope Benedict can influence the decision, he would like to see an African pope. I'll lay out a few here:
On few things are images more symbolic or as personally representative than on a coat of arms. The symbols are carefully chosen and simplified to say,“This is who I am. This is my personal and professional logo.” Among the roughly one-hundred coats of arms designed for popes, Benedict XVI’s is the only one to feature a human being. The left side of his shield bears the head of a black man wearing a crown. Many have asked questions about why this unusual charge, as such images on a shield are called, is there. Parts of Benedict XVI’s coat of arms are typical to papal coats of arms. At the crest is the papal crown. On all other coats of arms, the papal tiara is used, but Benedict XVI chose the mitre of the Bishop of Rome. Behind the shield one always finds the “Keys of Heaven,” spoken of in the Book of Revelation and understood by Catholics as given from Christ to Peter as the symbol of papal authority. It is the shield in the coat of arms that represents the individual most of all.
The Black man with the crown is the “Moor of Freising” from the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising where Joseph Ratzinger was archbishop sometime prior to becoming pope. The bear on the right represents the patron saint of Munich and Freising. So, these may only be there to connect Benedict XVI to his former career path and homeland. The pope’s own written comments on the subject indicate he doesn’t know where the image came from originally, but apparently he liked it. In his 1998 book Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, he wrote,“For me,[the African king] is an expression of the universality of the Church.”
If that universality is so central to him as a person that he wanted it on his coat of arms, he may want to see that universality expressed more concretely in the Church via the election of a black pope. He may want to “see that through,” so to speak.
I've laid out many other reasons than that, including fascinating parallels to an 800-year-old prophecy that, I am certain, most of the cardinals today are keenly aware of, for there was a book written about it a year ago, and there have been numerous articles about it recently. While readers here, may not be persuaded by prophecy, stop and think about how that misses the point. It is not whether you are persuaded by it, but whether Benedict XVI is. For those who want to follow this thinking more, you can find it here:
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