New Pope elected, the Herald celebrates with a screw up

With the election of the new anti-Pope the Herald celebrated in stunning fashion with a superb Herald Bomb from their “decent journalists, trained and skilled”.




To get the facts, I suppose we better use Stuff, the Herald is rather unreliable in everything except stuffing up.

The Catholic Church has a new leader: Pope Francis I.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected by his fellow cardinals. He is the first pope from Latin America.

White smoke poured from the roof of the Sistine Chapel earlier today and the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica pealed, signalling that cardinals had chosen a new pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church after only five ballots.

Those gathered in St Peter’s Square let out a huge cheer and the Vatican’s band began playing to herald the announcement.

The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict XVI,  who resigned in February.

Francis I was to stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s.  Preceding him to the balcony was French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announced ”Habemus Papam!” Latin for ”We have a pope” and then introduced him to the world in Latin.  Francis then emerged to deliver his first public words as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.


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  • coventry

    Isn’t that headline also wrong ? It wasn’t the Church that elected him but a selection of homophobic old fellas who attend that church who did. Also selecting a 78 year old, would indicate that we should see another one appointed between here & say 2020.

    • BJ

      Yes if they keep selecting very old popes then they get lots of chances at being chosen themselves in the future. And they all get to enjoy lavish celebrations and feel really important many times also

  • Dave

    Ridiculous, and who in reality really cares. This is going to impact NZ how, or make the world we all live in a better place????

    Unless of course Pope Francis decrees: “All of the catholic faith shall take a bold step and a lead in modern religious organizations, and name and shame any and all kiddie fiddlers and those that have covered up their crimes.” Thought not.

    • grumpy

      This guy has an impressive track record, he might just do that. Clearly he has been chosen to restore the reputation of the Catholic church.

      • Dave

        “Restore the reputation of the catholic church” Restore the reputation to what…. and when did they have a good reputation ???

        • grumpy

          Agree….but reputation is relative.

          • Dave

            Yes Grumpy. LAbour and unionists think they have a good reputation, whereas we know they have a poor reputation. What is RELEVANT, is the opinion of others today. In the eyes of a lot of people, the Catholic church has a terrible reputation. Go ask most ex alter boys!

  • Cadwallader

    Surely the competent crew at the Herald would recognise that the word Pope warrants a capital “P?”