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Rapper Common

Bring On a Black Pope!

2/11/2013 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rapper Common isn't too beat up about the Pope calling it quits today -- because it means the next leader of the Catholic Church ... COULD BE BLACK!!!

Common was coming back from a workout session in L.A. ... when our photog asked about the strong possibility Pope Benedict XVI's replacement could be a black cardinal from Ghana named Peter Turkson.

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In the age of a black President, Common tells us, electing a black Pope would be "a beautiful thing.

FYI -- Pope Benedict XVI is the first Pope in nearly 600 years to call it quits ... saying he's too old at the age of 85 to continue doing the job.

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Googie    

Just wonder if Rapper Common is Catholic?

555 days ago
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fujimo    

stop the spam

555 days ago
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Cincinnati Sugar    

Why is it that almost (not all) black people don't think about the persons qualifications but only that color should come first. Sad.

555 days ago
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Kaveman    

"Who cares if he's qaulified, as long as he's black"

Wow, so sad yet so true.

555 days ago
20.

Kaveman    

"Who cares if he's QUALIFIED, as long as he's black"

Wow, so sad yet so true.

555 days ago
21.

Cincinnati Sugar    

Give a black man power and they almost always misuse it. No wonder Michael Jackson wanted to be white.

555 days ago
22.

Parker    

Please we have a black president and he is a liar and as useless as dog poop....just get rid of the pope...he is chosen by man....not God! get rid of all the catholic pedophiles...cause thats what the catholic church is full of....child molesting bastards!

555 days ago
23.

Anya    

I would have no problem with him being Pope.... IF he was selected based solely on his qualifications and NOT his skin color.

555 days ago
24.

Phil    

No, make it Snoop,just to make it interesting.

555 days ago
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smorbie    

I REALLY don't think we need to consider race when selecting a pope. If he's black, I don't care, but I don't think that should be should be criteria for his selection.

555 days ago
26.

Melissa    

I really hope in my lifetime, we will be able to live in a society where race will never come into play. I'm catholic, and black. I couldn't care less what color the next pope will be. Does race have to be a part of everything. How can we talk about acceptance, and equality if we're more concerned about the persons skin color, than his dedication to his faith.

555 days ago
27.

nomis    

Whoo Common...U r a beautiful thing!

555 days ago
28.

DeeMaree    

Ok starting reading comments and thought bs. Top level pedophiles will pick the next pope. Can't blame this one on America's racism. The Vatican is its own country. Blame them.

555 days ago
29.

buzz kill    

Since when do Popes quit for health reasons, they always die in their position as Pope?

555 days ago
30.

wendy    

we could pimp out the pope-mobile!

555 days ago
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