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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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91.

Slizzardone     

Who gives a F

587 days ago
92.

smurfya    

I don't care if he's black, but could they elect a pope who isn't 80yrs old and maybe a little more with it.

587 days ago
93.

buckybone    

This is the prophesied "Peter of Rome", the last Pope, and the end of the Church.

HALLELUJAH!!!

587 days ago
94.

me    

I heard of a prophesy that an election of black pope will signal the end of days

587 days ago
95.

Phishie from Philly    

Come on common. You're a white man with black features. You ain't kidding no one.
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Phishie from Philly

587 days ago
96.

TheVolleyballGod    

No sir no black as Pope that will chase the flock away, it will always be a focus on skin color and a distraction from Christ.. Don't want a representative from a race that makes babies 75% out of wedlock

586 days ago
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MediaFollower85    

First of all, the Pope isn't quitting because he's "old", his health is declining and he thought it was in the best interest of the Church to retire and let someone more up to the position take over. Second, it's going to be a Hispanic Pope next, Catholicism continues to grow more and more in Latin America.

586 days ago
98.

ams165    

Sorry nugga never going to happen. Not enough space at the Vatican for all the brotha's.. How much much u want. You got a tan president.....

586 days ago
99.

CelebJustice    

Great, let's bring race into every aspect of our lives. If TMZ is going to talk about a new Pope, why not look at his life as a whole instead of the color of his skin. Freaking racism wrapped in liberal b.s.

586 days ago
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CloBird    

What we really need is a pope who keeps important traditions while also being progressive and making changes! As a Catholic, I am aware that some of the African cardinals are of the same mindset as Benedict-- too conservative.

586 days ago
101.

nikki6    

Looking at some of the comments here, I really don't get what the big deal is. Who cares what race the pope is, as long as he is qualified it shouldn't matter. It's sickening in 2013 we STILL live in a society where color is the first thing people care about. Why is TMZ even posing this question? Who cares if he is black? You guys are just drumming up racist comments and cyber race wars, it's retarded. Hey, whatever gets you more hits right? Sickening

586 days ago
102.

Europe    

He wont be a pope not because he is black, but because he is too young - he is only 64, and usually pope is over 70.

Greetings from catholic Europe.

586 days ago
103.

Pittslady    

who believes in the Pope Prophecies?
If so...the 112 th one will be " PETER THE ROMAN"
and the last one before D -DAY I do hope the new one is not named PETER....:(
if so start prayin and get all your ducks in a row...
dumb dah dumb dumb.......

586 days ago
104.

Tiffany    

So does everything have to be black now? I thought MLK wanted everyone to be judged by their character and not the color of their skin? I think most black people have forgotten what MLK wanted and now they want everything because of their color of their skin. Not saying this Cardinal shouldn't be the next Pope, but based on skin color alone, why should he? More hispanics in the world are Catholic, perhaps would be more fitting for a Pope to be chosen from South America.

586 days ago
105.

Pittslady    

http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/bbpress/topic/105bbpress/topic/105

586 days ago
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