From THE GUARDIAN:
A woman who claims she was the childhood sweetheart of Pope Francis said he devoted his life to God after she refused his marriage proposal.
The woman, known only as Amalia, said Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "proposal" came when they were both 12 years old and living in the Buenos Aires suburb of Flores. She told the Telegraph that he declared: "If I can't marry you, I'll become a priest."
|Pope Grumpy Cat I (left)
Grumpy Cat (right)
From THE HUFFINGTON POST:
The Italian Bishops' Conference Wednesday sent a congratulatory email to one of their own, Milan Cardinal Scola – tipped as a hot conclave favorite. They quickly corrected themselves and issued a new message to the real winner, Argentine Jorge Bergoglio.
|Ma Dolan and a few million other people I would guess|
The Anglican Bishop of Argentina, former Primate of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone With Flake and all round ecclesiastical pain in the arse, the Rt Revd Greg Venables, has spilled the beans on Pope Francis' attitude towards the heathen Anglicans. Bp Venables reports that in a conversation with Cardinal Bergoglio the latter made it clear that he values the place of Anglicans in the Church universal.
"He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the Church needs us as Anglicans."
Full story at THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE.
From FOX 6 MILWAUKEE:
Dan Stemper and his family have operated their church supply company for more than a century. Stemper says it’s common for every Catholic parish to have at least one picture of the current pope adorning a wall. Now the race is on to deliver on that demand.
“Within 24 to 48 hours it’ll be available. They’ll have a formal sitting, there’ll be an official picture and one of our suppliers is ready to ship as soon as they have that image,” said Stemper.
That means portraits of Pope Francis will likely start popping up in churches early next week. In the meantime, Stemper says they’re likely to see a different kind of bump in business. “Depending upon what name he picks. With Benedict there were certain items that were popular. I’m sure with Francis, it’s going to be items that relate to St. Francis,” said Stemper.
Now that's interesting. I've got some Francis of Assisi stuff lying around the house, including some rather rare books. It could be a case of eBay here I come.