Cardinals elect a new pope

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vatican chimneyWhite smoke rose over the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, heralding the election of a new pope after the 115 voting cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church reached a conclusion on the 266th pontiff after less than 24 hours of deliberation.

Crowds erupted in joy in St. Peter’s Square and waited anxiously for the presentation of the still unknown new pope, who was expected to greet the world on the balcony of the St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time before 8 p.m. Rome time (3 p.m. Eastern time).

The new pope will reveal himself to the world with a cry of “habemus papam” on the balcony after entering the so-called room of tears, donning white papal vestments and praying with the cardinals who elected him. 

The white smoke, accompanied by the pealing of bells to eliminate any confusion, billowed from a flue on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, prompting a throng gathered in the square to erupt in applause and cheers. But the identity of the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics awaited a subsequent announcement of “habemus papam,” or “we have a pope.”

The election came after two rounds of balloting in a morning session. The 115 voting cardinals reconvened about 4:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Eastern) to vote up to two more times before either electing a new pope or adjourning for the day.

To be chosen, a candidate had to win the support of at least two-thirds of the 115 voting-age cardinals. Reported front-runners included Cardinals Angelo Scola of Italy, Marc Ouellet of Canada, and Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil.

Because no one bloc of cardinals — organized around passport or priorities — was large enough on its own to generate the requisite 77 votes, a candidate needed to consolidate support from a cross-section of electors. And if consensus remained elusive, the cardinals could look to the less familiar names in their college, which is what happened when John Paul II was chosen in 1978.

“Today is the fundamental day,” said Marco Politi, a papal biographer and a veteran Vatican watcher with the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. “It is a referendum on Scola and whether the papacy will go back to an Italian or cross the Atlantic. For the first time there is a real possibility to have a pope from the Americas.”

The Rev. Frederico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, told reporters the cardinals returned to their quarters at Casa Santa Marta shortly before noon, after two morning votes did not result in a papal selection.

During a lunch and rest break that lasted nearly five hours, they were permitted to smoke, drink wine and — more importantly given their ongoing deliberations — talk and visit one another’s rooms.

“This is an extremely beautiful and intense moment,” Lombardi told reporters after the morning session ended, emphasizing that no pope since Pius XII has been chosen before the fourth ballot. “This is very normal. This is not indicative of any division among the cardinals.”

Benedict, now pope emeritus, spent much of Tuesday watching the pre-conclave proceedings on television and secluded in prayer, Lombardi said.

“This is an extremely beautiful and intense moment,” Lombardi told reporters after the morning session ended, emphasizing that no pope since Pius XII has been chosen before the fourth ballot. “This is very normal. This is not indicative of any division among the cardinals.”

Benedict, now pope emeritus, spent much of Tuesday watching the pre-conclave proceedings on television and secluded in prayer, Lombardi said.

In St. Peter’s Square, faithful from many nations sang hymns and glanced frequently toward the six-foot chimney. Some clothed themselves in their national flags, cheerleading for the cardinals from their countries.

“Having a Brazilian pope would be better than winning the World Cup,” said Bruno Smania, a 15-year-old high school student from the Brazilian state of Parana, where Scherer spent part of his childhood. “It would be so important us, a sign that Brazil has really arrived.”

The sense that the next pope could revitalize the faith in whatever country he hails from was widely held here. Adam Potter, a Pittsburgh-born seminarian and former assistant to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, was camping out with a group of American and British student priests. He said he’d support any pope, but he hoped for an American.

“It’s easy for Americans to feel disconnected from the church,” Potter said. “But if we see [Cardinal Timothy] Dolan or Cardinal Sean O’Malley become pope, I know there would be a powerful feeling of joy in the United States, and I feel that’s exactly what we need.”

Conclaves are officially open-ended, but for nearly 200 years, none has lasted more than five days, and most have taken only two or three days. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Benedict XVI, was viewed as a strong front-runner before the last conclave, in 2005. This time around, no candidate has clearly claimed that title.

Instead, the focus was on a small group of papabili, or possible popes. In addition to the front-runners, other possibilities were Dolan of New York and O’Malley of Boston, either of whom, if elected, would emerge as the first “superpower” pope. Scola appeared to be trending the most among analysts, although observers said his chances likely would diminish if the conclave lasted for several days.

“The shorter it goes, the better the chances for any of the front-runners,” the Rev. Thomas Reese, an analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, said on Tuesday. “Should it go more than two or three days, then all bets are off, and the options for the next pope grow.”

Angela Troilo, 77, stood by the obelisk in the center of the square Wednesday morning, surrounded by puddles and looking up at the chimney. “The church used to do so much!” Troilo said, describing herself as a poor working woman who had been let down by her country and needed her church. “The Italian government is dead and buried. We need someone with energy, who can command!”

Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Nigeria, in an interview before the conclave, said the next pope, like any individual, “will come with his own baggage, his own background, competence, training, spiritual attitudes” — and will find that guiding the church can be more complicated than governing a single country.

“As a nation, the church is a universal association,” Onaiyekan said. “The church is spread all over the world. . . . And each distinct part of the church, according to God’s will, is headed by bishops whose job it is to face the realities around them and use them to defend the principles of the church and move the church forward.”

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster agreed. “The challenges are in some ways quite startling,” he said. “There is such cultural change going on around the world, and such shifts of paradigm.”

Before their first journey Tuesday to the Sistine Chapel, the cardinals celebrated a Mass dedicated to the pope’s election. Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, delivered the homily, emphasizing the need for a good pastor and a strong commitment to evangelization.

“In the wake of this service of love toward the church and toward all of humanity, the last popes have been builders of so many good initiatives for people and for the international community, tirelessly promoting justice and peace,” said Sodano, who is past 80 and therefore not eligible to participate in the conclave. “Let us pray that the future pope may continue this unceasing work on the world level. . . . Let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission with a generous heart.”

 

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194 responses to “Cardinals elect a new pope”

  1. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    “Viva il Papa!”.Pope Francis, The first non-European pope in the modern era and the first Latin American pope,and the first Jesuit.
    I already like what I saw; humble, holy,speaks from the heart, talks directly to the people in simple manor, and non formal.
    Being a Jesuit, we know that the poor will be on his mind every day.

    The man cooks his own food as a cardinal…that is very impressive,and very telling about his nature.
    Congratulations .

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      and he won’t get poisoned as he cooks his own food… he he
      But seriously he is a good man. Although I was praying they elect Beshara al-Rai because that will keep him away from Lebanon and from supporting Hezbollah. 😛 lol

      1. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        So, You qualify him to be a pope, yet you hold it against him if he supports HA? HOW contradictory is that?lol
        You get a down arrow for that,lol

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          lol twisted

        2. Hannibal Avatar

          oh crap he could support Hezbollah even more from the Vatican… I changed my mind… bring the dude back home. lol

          1. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            LOL, YOU REALLY GOT AHEAD OF YOURSELF THIS TIME.

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            darn it! lol

          3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            as you noticed, he is emotionally labile; sign of frustrations; i would say a child’s brain in a big gabari he is also emotionally fragile, needs “sucette” to keep him quiet

          4. Hannibal Avatar

            You’re losing… have you noticed how empty your prose is? Time to check out before you embarrass yourself any further.

        3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          i second this

        4. AntiFSA002 Avatar
          AntiFSA002

          It is amazing the mentality of some people. Everybody is good unless they support HA.

          1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            they need mental support

          2. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            I think they are beyond help.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Shhhh Hannibal … my French friend remembers ‘Franciscans’ from a ‘boys school’ … very strict … hard punishments … he will not be pleased. (Although Muftis might be … 😉 (And Prophetttts) But it IS a modern age, right?? 😉 Somewhere?

        1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          what a mufti you are; lol; at least learn how to spell “Franciscans”; you seem to confuse them with whisky cans

      3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
        Hariri Assaoudi

        You mean you were braying; letter p does not exist in 3arabi

    2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      i was expecting 5th to get a heart attack; i was shocked to see mjarbino jose in cardiac arrest; i put 25 camels on his head he is palestinian

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        You speak of Palestinians as if it were an insult… Shame on you.

        Despite what their leadership did in Lebanon it is not in your interest to label them as subhumans ya awta el 3aalam.

        If you want me to be a Palestinian so be it besharrefne as they are canaanites like the Lebanese people if you know your history well.

        I told you for the millionth time I am from Akkar. Our church records put my family back into the 12th century and may be before that. My village name is derived from qaryat 3annaat which tells you it existed even before Christianity. So go play with the 25 camels balls as you seem to enjoy it.

    3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      he is of italian roots

    4. IraniAngel Avatar
      IraniAngel

      the selection of a non european pope is a big step forward, maybe the next big step is the election of a… muslim pope. lol

      1. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        IraniAngel,Electing a ” Latino papa” is a great step for sure.I’d be very pleased to see a pope from the middle east where Christianity was born ,and where some Christians still speak the language of Christ. A Pope from Lebanon,Syria,Palestine or Iran would great for peace .
        A Pope from the east would remind the west that Christianity is not what the Salafi version of Christianity preaches, as some in America and around the world do. It would also remind the Salafis , the wahabis and all the Takfeeri twisted version of Islam that Christians of the middle east are Not foreigners in this land.

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          I hope you meant in your last sentence are NOT foreigners in this land…

          1. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            Yes, ty for pointing that out.Correction made.

  2. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    “Viva il Papa!”.Pope Francis, The first non-European pope in the modern era and the first Latin American pope,and the first Jesuit.
    I already like what I saw; humble, holy,speaks from the heart. talks directly to the people in simple manor,non formal.
    Being a Jesuit, we know that the poor will be on his mind every day.

    The man cooks his own food as a cardinal…that is very impressive,and very telling about his nature.

    1. José Jalapeño Avatar
      José Jalapeño

      and he won’t get poisoned as he cooks his own food… he he
      But seriously he is a good man. Although I was praying they elect Beshara al-Rai because that will keep him away from Lebanon and from supporting Hezbollah. 😛 lol

      1. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        So, You qualify him to be a pope, yet you hold it against him if he supports HA? HOW contradictory is that?lol
        You get a down arrow for that,lol

        1. José Jalapeño Avatar
          José Jalapeño

          lol twisted

        2. José Jalapeño Avatar
          José Jalapeño

          oh crap he could support Hezbollah even more from the Vatican… I changed my mind… bring the dude back home. lol

          1. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            LOL, YOU REALLY GOT AHEAD OF YOURSELF THIS TIME.

          2. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            darn it! lol

          3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            as you noticed, he is emotionally labile; sign of frustrations; i would say a child’s brain in a big gabari

          4. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            You’re losing… have you noticed how empty your prose is? Time to check out before you embarrass yourself any further.

        3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          i second this

        4. AntiFSA002 Avatar
          AntiFSA002

          It is amazing the mentality of some people. Everybody is good unless they support HA.

          1. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            Everybody is good except the pig persona you…

          2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            you got nothing better to say than filthy words; not very fat for a self declared phd holder; further it reflects very badly upon you buddy; honestly i am trying to help you, but i cant change things unless you cooperate

          3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            they need mental support

          4. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            I think they are beyond help.

          5. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i said support not help!!!; the grandmother of my friend was dement and incontinent; she kept losing stools everywhere; they pampered her as a supportive measure but this did not cure her incontinence nor her dementia; a special thought towards hannibully who is both dement and spilling his ideas all over the blog in an incontinent manner; he needs pampers

        5. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          jose jalapino went to saudia; he came back bala pino

          1. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            retard

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Shhhh Hannibal … my French friend remembers ‘Fransicans’ from a ‘boys school’ … very strict … hard punishments … he will not be pleased. (Although Muftis might be … 😉 (And Prophetttts)

        1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          what a mufti you are; lol; at least learn how to spell “Franciscans”; you seem to confuse them with whisky cans

      3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
        Hariri Assaoudi

        You mean you were braying; letter p does not exist in 3arabi

    2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      i was expecting 5th to get a heart attack; i was shocked to see mjarbino jose in cardiac arrest; i put 25 camels on his head he is palestinian

      1. José Jalapeño Avatar
        José Jalapeño

        You speak of Palestinians as if it were an insult… Shame on you.

        Despite what their leadership did in Lebanon it is not in your interest to label them as subhumans ya awta el 3aalam.

        If you want me to be a Palestinian so be it besharrefne as they are canaanites like the Lebanese people if you know your history well.

        I told you for the millionth time I am from Akkar. Our church records put my family back into the 12th century and may be before that. My village name is derived from qaryat 3annaat which tells you it existed even before Christianity. So go play with the 25 camels balls as you seem to enjoy it.

        1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          awta al 3alam still my boot ashraf min rossok; i did not call them subhumans i just called you one of them; it seems you consider yourself subhuman

          1. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            Well if doesn’t consider himself subhuman, I can assure many on this blog do. lol

          2. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            and I consider you a pink pig which is the lowest filthiest animal in Islam. oh BTW like all of us do on this blog lmao

          3. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            Should I wright to the Admin and cry like a baby and tell them that you have offended me HANIBALLS. (That balls around your checks).

          4. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            hannybully behaves mitl al khanzeer li m’awwas bi tizo

          5. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            hmmmm another English Aflaaton… It is “write” not “wright”
            Another graduate from Sa3sa3

          6. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            No worries, I will start highlighting all the mistakes you make as well. Never knew you had to have a PHD to WRITE on this blog. Is that better. Does that meet you low standard.

          7. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            You do not need a Ph.D. only high school English but you seem to be coming out of the slums of ouzaa3i just where the sewers dump the collective shit of all of Lebanon.

          8. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i dont even have high school; i learnt it all on wiki; yet i defeated you in immunology

          9. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            you defeated me? Muuuuuuuuhaaaaahaaaahaaaaaaaaa……. that is the funniest thing ever. Hold on a second …. Muuuuuuuhaaaaaahaaaaa can’t stop… haaaaahaaaaahaaaa

          10. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i just defeated you in moral principles also few minutes ago when you started insulting me with big words in such a stupid way that you ignored the fact this reflects very badly on your low level and does not even reach my shoes

          11. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            wulak ruu7 ndab bteswa sermeeye mabkhoushe. Since you got on this board you lowered the level of this blog. I am amazed that the admins allow you to continue bullying people and pushing your Aounist agenda. Listen here ya m2ayyar. I never support anyone but apparently you do have an agenda and someone put you up to ruining this site. I do not care as I do not belong to any party. If you think I am with this or that you are totally mistaken. So go on wasting your time on me because I am not gonna bother with you any longer. You have proven over and over again that you are the slimiest person on this planet. I know your likes and I see them in this country. I avoid them like people avoid the pest. They are known as Pestis Lebanus.

          12. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            wow again your familial roots are getting exposed; shi bisharfak

          13. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            Don’t laugh dopey, he has on every occasion. Your just to stupid to realise.

          14. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            to or too? Anti = Mr. English. You know please do us all a favor and speak in your language… What was it? Farsi?

          15. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            BTW still laughing Mouuuuu 3ala raaaaasi siiido haaaaaahahahahahahaha… can’t stop … hahahahaha…..

          16. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Speaking of pigs … We can note that some 6000 of them floated down the river to Shanghai. The Chinese ‘bloggers’ are not sure if they were a diseased bunch gotten rid of the cheap way, were sent to market in ‘the big city’ by the economical way, or swept off their feet in an annual flood somewhere. Some think they just all committed suicide because of the pollution. There IS a concerted effort by ‘government’ to net them as they float past before they get to market … and a small worry that they could pollute drinking water … but as one blogger there noted, at that point the river looks like toilet effluent anyway. :-))

          17. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            Don’t get personal 5th or I could fire back and call you a pig as well. :). You sarcasm is exposed my friend. Just remember that.

          18. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Sarcasm wasn’t intended … I was only reporting a true story there. Of interest.

          19. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            of course you are innocent and sarcastically i believe you; do you believe that!!!

          20. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            My ears are hurting from the Ashrafieh English Style that is…

          21. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            ashrafieh is certainly better than haifa

          22. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            wooooooooo scary…….. wulak ruu7 ndab bteswa sermeeye iyeem el ghala.

          23. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            wow shou hal mistawa; mistawa sirmeyeh 3ati’a

          24. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i wished some of you bloggers here, and i have a particular thought for hannibully, would be as clean or as dirty as pigs habitus; your moral (a)cleanliness would even render pigs faces red from shame; by far you defeated any pigs performance and you exceeded any expectation; in consequence the jury declares hannibully “THE FILTHIEST PIG OF THE YEAR”; lets applaud the laureate……warm ovation

          25. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            Have you noticed you lack originality? Anything I say you repeat… tsk tsk tsk… Is that a Tourette I sense in you? I used to see that poor guy walking down the streets of Ashrafieh repeating the same curses over and over and over and over… WOW you survived the war? You must be really old by now… Tourette mixed with senility that explains it. Time to retire.

          26. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            its called gilles de latourette syndrome what you suffer from ya hmar

          27. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            damn google you learn much and it makes you say a lot of crap that you do not understand…

          28. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            if thats your case, dont think all are like you; i understand i frustrate you but my methodical specialised retaliations that you need to google, yet instead of thanking me and trying to learn then asking me questions to clarify what you did not understand, you start insulting mothers exactly like saudis disrespect women; 3ayb wa tfou 3ala aslak; this confirms your palestinian roots

          29. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            and a warm ovulation for you as you seem in PMS constantly…

          30. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i did not know men ovulate; thanks for sharing your experiences; this is how we learn

          31. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            You a man? Much doubt. A man behaves with valor but you are nothing but a filthy whore.

          32. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            can you define a man, i mean a human being, and pinpoint to us at least one feature of it that you exhibited till now so we can safely conclude we are dealing with a human being; i can see your arabic roots coming up to the surface by having a low respect and esteem for women by trying to insult me by calling me a menstruating woman, then jumping to say women are bitches; i understand now why you admire the saudis

          33. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            There were two pigs notables among those floaters… HA and AntiFSA… You could tell them by the way they float and the stench…

          34. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            am glad you can detect your porcine similar brothers and sisters; where you failed is in your vision and you confused us with your sisters and brothers

          35. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i used to believe the pig is the filthiest animal till i met you

          36. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            You never met me. If and when you meet me you won’t be standing as I will shove a Pig’s dick in your mouth and there is nothing you can do about it.

          37. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            wow again; smalla timmak 3am yiddasha ‘ouyoura; what a high standard; you are impressing me

          38. Keyboard worrier lol…… Tough guy all it takes is a bullet no matter how big and tough you are…

          39. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            Bro, I guarantee he is 5 foot nothing. A bitch slap will be more than enough. Like you said, keyboard warrior

          40. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            The one Mut3a who bore you is the bitch but you know it.

          41. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            Hezbollah assassins style? We are all too familiar with it… The days you stand and gloat are at ends… Give it time.

          42. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            if you are or behave like a pig, and i agree on that with you, please do not think we are all like you

          43. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            Enjoy! waa7ad waa7ad 3amm yostaaduukon ya kleeb…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=B0wFX-DT778&NR=1

          44. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            hmmmmm struck a chord here didn’t I? I say jump you say how high? ya orangina ya batal…

          45. AntiFSA002 Avatar
            AntiFSA002

            I love how you own Haniballs. However never mind the feces that comes out of his mouth. As you said, he is after all a Subhuman. Now watch him go and cry to the Admin now like the sook he is. lol

    3. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      he is of italian roots

    4. IraniAngel Avatar
      IraniAngel

      the selection of a non european pope is a big step forward, maybe the next big step is the election of a… muslim pope. lol

      1. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        IraniAngel,Electing a ” Latino papa” is a great step for sure.I’d be very pleased to see a pope from the middle east where Christianity was born ,and where some Christians still speak the language of Christ. A Pope from Lebanon,Syria,Palestine or Iran would great for peace .
        A Pope from the east would remind the west that Christianity is not what the Salafi version of Christianity preaches, as some in America and around the world do. It would also remind the Salafis , the wahabis and all the Takfeeri twisted version of Islam that Christians of the middle east are foreigners in this land.

        1. José Jalapeño Avatar
          José Jalapeño

          I hope you meant in your last sentence are NOT foreigners in this land…

          1. Prophettttt Avatar
            Prophettttt

            Yes, ty for pointing that out.Correction made.

  3. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    Congratulations for the new Pope’s election! A news that brings joy and hope to the people…

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      thank you; congratulations to you too; lets hope the new pope will give more green light to our patriarch Beshara, and get us rid of the bsharreh bandit and criminal

        1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          haram; shou met samir geagea!!! allah la yir7amo

          1. Hannibal Avatar

            reekbak Samir and it shows….

          2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            samir went on his belly to assad; assad kicked his ass

          3. Hannibal Avatar

            A new nickname for you please change HA to youdaas… It fits you better… As you sold the cause of Bashir and slept with the enemy.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        The pope is according to this imbecile HA a military strategist who gives a green light to another Cardinal to fight the head of a political party instead of praying for peace. This cretin, dickhead, dickwit, dipstick, dork, retard, dweeb, fool, fuckwit, idiot, moron, schmuck, thickhead, asinine, braindead, feeble-minded, foolish, idiotic, imbecilic, inane, ludicrous, moronic, simple, stupid, thick, witless HA is nothing but a loud mouth who speaks for the sake of speaking. When one lacks the grey matter nothing much but crap comes out of the mouth. What a waste of a life. If I were his father I would be ashamed and would have killed myself by now.

        1. AntiFSA002 Avatar
          AntiFSA002

          And the feces keeps pouring out of your mouth Haniballs, Hariri Assaoudi makes more sense than you ever will. Time for you to get another PHD in how not to be an idiot.

  4. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    Congratulations for the new Pope’s election! A news that brings joy and hope to the people…

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      thank you; congratulations to you too; lets hope the new pope will give more green light to our patriarch Beshara, and get us rid of the bsharreh bandit and criminal

        1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          haram; shou met samir geagea!!! allah la yir7amo

          1. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            reekbak Samir and it shows….

          2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            samir went on his belly to assad; assad kicked his ass

          3. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            A new nickname for you please change HA to youdaas… It fits you better… As you sold the cause of Bashir and slept with the enemy.

      1. José Jalapeño Avatar
        José Jalapeño

        The pope is according to this imbecile HA a military strategist who gives a green light to another Cardinal to fight the head of a political party instead of praying for peace. This cretin, dickhead, dickwit, dipstick, dork, retard, dweeb, fool, fuckwit, idiot, moron, schmuck, thickhead, asinine, braindead, feeble-minded, foolish, idiotic, imbecilic, inane, ludicrous, moronic, simple, stupid, thick, witless HA is nothing but a loud mouth who speaks for the sake of speaking. When one lacks the grey matter nothing much but crap comes out of the mouth. What a waste of a life. If I were his father I would be ashamed and would have killed myself by now.

        1. AntiFSA002 Avatar
          AntiFSA002

          And the feces keeps pouring out of your mouth Haniballs, Hariri Assaoudi makes more sense than you ever will. Time for you to get another PHD in how not to be an idiot.

  5. libnan1 Avatar

    Obrigato …

  6. libnan1 Avatar

    Obrigato …

  7. Persistent Avatar
    Persistent

    I knew it was only a matter of time before the first pope jokes began, there it goes:

    After getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn’t travel light), the
    driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb.
    “Excuse me, Your Holiness,” says the driver, “Would you please take your seat so we can leave?”
    “Well, to tell you the truth,” says the Pope, “they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.”
    “I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! What if something should happen?” protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.
    “Who’s going to tell?” says the Pope with a smile.
    Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 205 kms. (Remember, the Pope is German.)
    “Please slow down, Your Holiness,” pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.
    “Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license — and my job!” moans the driver.
    The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.
    “I need to talk to the Chief,” he says to the dispatcher.
    The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going 205 kph.
    “So bust him,” says the Chief..
    “I don’t think we want to do that, he’s really important,” said the cop.
    The Chief exclaimed, “All the more reason!”
    “No, I mean really important,” said the cop with a bit of persistence.
    The Chief then asked, “Who do you have there, the mayor?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    Chief: “A senator?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    Chief: “The Prime Minister?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    “Well,” said the Chief, “who is it?”
    Cop: “I think it’s God!”
    The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, “What makes you think it’s God?”
    Cop: “His chauffeur is the Pope!”

    Enjoy guys,

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      :-)) Good one … errrr … but shouldn’t we be burning a KFC somewhere now? 😉

      1. AntiFSA002 Avatar
        AntiFSA002

        Just can’t help yourself hey 5th. 🙂

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Logged in the memories, Anti. 😉

    2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      old one; veryyyyyyyyyy old

  8. Persistent Avatar
    Persistent

    I knew it was only a matter of time before the first pope joke began, there it goes:

    After getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn’t travel light), the
    driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb.
    “Excuse me, Your Holiness,” says the driver, “Would you please take your seat so we can leave?”
    “Well, to tell you the truth,” says the Pope, “they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.”
    “I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! What if something should happen?” protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.
    “Who’s going to tell?” says the Pope with a smile.
    Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 205 kms. (Remember, the Pope is German.)
    “Please slow down, Your Holiness,” pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.
    “Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license — and my job!” moans the driver.
    The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.
    “I need to talk to the Chief,” he says to the dispatcher.
    The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going 205 kph.
    “So bust him,” says the Chief..
    “I don’t think we want to do that, he’s really important,” said the cop.
    The Chief exclaimed, “All the more reason!”
    “No, I mean really important,” said the cop with a bit of persistence.
    The Chief then asked, “Who do you have there, the mayor?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    Chief: “A senator?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    Chief: “The Prime Minister?”
    Cop: “Bigger.”
    “Well,” said the Chief, “who is it?”
    Cop: “I think it’s God!”
    The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, “What makes you think it’s God?”
    Cop: “His chauffeur is the Pope!”

    Enjoy guys,

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      :-)) Good one … errrr … but shouldn’t we be burning a KFC somewhere now? 😉

      1. AntiFSA002 Avatar
        AntiFSA002

        Just can’t help yourself hey 5th. 🙂

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Logged in the memories, Anti. 😉

    2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      old one; veryyyyyyyyyy old

  9. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    Hariri Assaoudi,José Jalapeño,andAntiFSA002;Have n’t you guys had enough? For a little while I thought your exchanges were entertaining and a bit funny ,and I could not laugh enough,but I truly believe that all of you have pushed this too far.
    Although you have different political views that always clash, There is no reason for you to keep taking it and making it personal. The minute a non-Lebanese comes on this blog,and dares attack Lebanon, I know all of you will jump your guns(seen it more than once) to defend Lebanon, regardless of where you come from and regardless of how you pray-or if you pray at all.
    I’m afraid I might regret posting this appeal,but I feel a sense of responsibility to do so.
    I know if you guys met in person one day, You would have a different view of each other,and I know that this cyber world gives us freedom to behave in ways we normally don’t.Maybe all of us take too much advantage of this virtual freedom ,and we get carried away.I have been guilty myself at times.
    I don’t give myself the right to lecture people on how they should behave,but I feel I have known some of you long enough that I can talk to you as friends,and co-bloggers.
    If anyone is offended by my appeal, I apologize ahead of time because I have no intention of arguing with anyone , and because I only have the best of intentions toward all; I would shut my mouth and walk away knowing that the Adim. always thinks “Haytee watee”.lol

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      mr prophet; i fully support the content of your reply however i feel sorry you did include me in it since if you have read well, i did not retaliate to mokhse pino in the insulting way he did; i thought you would have been appreciative of that; consequently i do not feel concerned by your words; hence your arrow down, well deserved on my behalf; sadly enough and this says a lot, all the low level insults i received were left and only my replies were deleted

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        I bet that took you a few hours of erasing … 😉
        Prophet doesn’t require any ‘downs’ for that sentiment.

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          I negated the down with an up… 😉

          1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i do not think your up sign has any value, not even a million of it; mine is a moral one unlike yours. You collect points like students of elementary school

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            Thou Shalt Not Exist…

        2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          i did not erase any single word of what i typed; admins did; you lost your bet; i am one of few who has deeply anchored principles and i stick to them regardless of how harsh the situation is; i am responsibkle of every single letter i utter; in your case, you are either lying which is a favoured possibility or, and here i would like to grant you the benefit of the doubt, hoping this abhorrent and aberrant attitude does not recur, the other alternative is that your edit was as objective as your political analysis, calomniating, biased and based on prejudice, exactly like the salafis you criticise: “3alayhom ya 3arab”, as we say in Lebanon, bil kilo

      2. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        Harriri Assaoudi, I gladly accept your “arrow down” ,and consider it a good way(despite of what it says,lol) of expressing your opinion . I happen to agree with many of your views and analysis ,and I hope all of us will have better discussions as we move on.Peace to you an all

    2. Hannibal Avatar

      Prophet,
      I second that full heartedly. I have on many occasions appealed to the admins to stop the name calling. When the standard was pulled to the low level that it is today I chose to retaliate in kind. This guy has a fatal attraction to me and he hasn’t met me yet. I am afraid the day we meet he will jump right in bed ass up and head down. Scary thought lol
      I really want it to end. But he is relentless like those gums that get stuck on the sole of your shoe. You know the annoying one. Here is a pledge though. I will never answer him / or her again. He is no friend of mine he does not exist in my world. He is just noise. A dead ghost from the past.
      Rest In Peace HA.

    3. Persistent Avatar
      Persistent

      Prophet, “Haytac is not watee” it is just how low to the ground they look to see, they should look up every once in a while..It is always refreshing to hear the voice of reason rise above the logic of antagonizm and denigration… LOL..

  10. Prophettttt Avatar
    Prophettttt

    Hariri Assaoudi,José Jalapeño,andAntiFSA002;Have n’t you guys had enough? For a little while I thought your exchanges were entertaining and a bit funny ,and I could not laugh enough,but I truly believe that all of you have pushed this too far.
    Although you have different political views that always clash, There is no reason for you to keep taking it and making it personal. The minute a non-Lebanese comes on this blog,and attacks Lebanon, I know all of you will jump your guns(seen it more than once) to defend Lebanon, regardless of where you come from and regardless of how you pray.
    I’m afraid I might regret posting this appeal,but I feel a sense of responsibility of doing it anyway.
    I know if you guys met in person one day, You would have a different view of each other,and I know that this cyber world gives us freedom to behave in ways we normally don’t.Maybe all of us take too much advantage of this virtual freedom ,and we get carried away.I have been guilty myself at times.
    I don’t give myself the right to lecture people on how they should behave,but I feel I have known some of you long enough that I can talk to you as friends,and co-bloggers.
    If anyone is offended by my appeal, I apologize ahead of time because I have no intention of arguing with anyone , and because I only have the best of intentions toward all,and I would shut my mouth and walk away knowing that the Adim. always thinks Haytee watee.lol

    1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
      Hariri Assaoudi

      mr prophet; i fully support the content of your reply however i feel sorry you did include me in it since if you have read well, i did not retaliate to moshse pino in the insulting way he did; i thought you would have been appreciative of that; consequently i do not feel concerned by your words

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        I bet that took you a few hours of erasing … 😉
        Prophet doesn’t require any ‘downs’ for that sentiment.

        1. José Jalapeño Avatar
          José Jalapeño

          I negated the down with an up… 😉

          1. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
            Hariri Assaoudi

            i do not think your up sign has a ny value, not even a million of it; mine is a moral one unlike yours. You collect points like students of elementary school

          2. José Jalapeño Avatar
            José Jalapeño

            Thou Shalt Not Exist…

        2. Hariri Assaoudi Avatar
          Hariri Assaoudi

          i did not erase any single word of what i typed; admins did; they are disregarding the fact you are a tayyar blog double agent coming here to make people flee away

      2. Prophettttt Avatar
        Prophettttt

        Harriri Assaoudi, I gladly accept your “arrow down” ,and consider it a good way(despite of what it says,lol) of expressing your opinion . I happen to agree with many of your views and analyisis ,and I’m sure all of us will have better discussions as we move on.Peace

    2. José Jalapeño Avatar
      José Jalapeño

      Prophet,
      I second that full heartedly. I have on many occasions appealed to the admins to stop the name calling. When the standard was pulled to the low level that it is today I chose to retaliate in kind. This guy has a fatal attraction to me and he hasn’t met me yet. I am afraid the day we meet he will jump right in bed ass up and head down. Scary thought lol
      I really want it to end. But he is relentless like those gums that get stuck on the sole of your shoe. You know the annoying one. Here is a pledge though. I will never answer him / or her again. He is no friend of mine he does not exist in my world. He is just noise. A dead ghost from the past.
      Rest In Peace HA.

    3. Persistent Avatar
      Persistent

      Prophet, “Haytac is not watee” it is just how low to the ground they see, they should look up every once in a while..It is always refreshing to hear the voice of reason rise above the logic of antagonizm and denegration… LOL..

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