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March 12th, 2014

Pope Francis Madness: Round 1

 
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Just in time for Pope Francis’ one year anniversary as pope and the madness of march, we’re presenting you with a bracket to determine your very favorite moment from Francis’ first year. Which one will ultimately be voted the favorite? Voting begins now and Round 1 continues through Friday morning. Scroll down below the bracket to begin voting.

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WhoAmIToJudge
When Pope Francis said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”


GooseBumps
When Pope Francis said to Superiors General of religious orders: “We must form their [seminary students'] hearts. Otherwise we create little monsters. And then these little monsters mold the people of God. This really gives me goose bumps.”


Sinner
When Pope Francis said of himself: “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech.”


MakeNoise
At World Youth Day when Pope Francis said: “I would like us to make noise…I want the Church to be in the streets; I want us to defend ourselves against all that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within.”


Women
When Pope Francis said: “It is true that women can and should be more present in the places of decision of the church.”


HealWounds
When Pope Francis compared the Church to a field hospital after battle: “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol…you have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds.”


Atheists
When speaking about how God is in everyone’s lives, Pope Francis said: “Not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”


HowCanItBe
In his Joy of the Gospel, when Pope Francis said: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”


Neurofibramatosis
When Pope Francis embraced a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis.


ChocolatePope
When Pope Francis was presented with a life-sized chocolate figure of himself.


2Popes
When Pope Francis met with Pope Benedict and the world witnessed two popes together.


WindyDay
When Pope Francis lost his zucchetto to a gust of wind.


MiniMe
When Pope Francis picked up the “mini-me” version of himself.


HardHat
When Pope Francis wore a hard hat while visiting miners in one of Italy’s poorest regions.


Magazines
When Pope Francis made the covers of several mainstream magazines including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Time.


ClownNose
When Pope Francis wore a clown nose to celebrate with a newlywed couple.


LittleBoy
When Francis made friends with a little boy who wandered onto stage during the pope’s address to a crowd of families. Click here to watch.


BikeBlessing
When Pope Francis offered a blessing of the bikes to over 35,000 Harley Davidsons. Click here to watch.


Evangelicals
When Pope Francis sent a video message on Christian Unity to Protestant evangelicals. Click here to watch.


OrdinaryMoments
When Pope Francis is caught on camera having “ordinary moments”.


Motorcade
When Pope Francis’ motorcade at World Youth Day was overtaken by crowds. Click here to watch.


Hitchhiker
When Pope Francis picked up a hitchhiker in the popemobile. Click here to watch.


Renault
When Pope Francis began driving around in a used 1984 Renault. Click here to watch.


FBomb
When Pope Francis accidentally cursed and dropped an F-Bomb during a public address. Click here to watch.


FeetWashing
On Holy Thursday when Pope Francis washed, dried and kissed the feet of 12 inmates (2 Muslim, 2 women) at Casal del Marmo jail, a juvenile detention center.


Twitter
When Pope Francis began sharing God’s love in 144 characters or less on Twitter @Pontifex.


Syria
When Pope Francis lead the world to pray and fast for peace in syria — leading up to the country agreeing to give up its chemical weapons.


Mates
When Pope Francis drinks mates (traditional Argentinian hot herbal tea) with crowds whenever they offer it to him.


UnscriptedPressConf
When Pope Francis granted an unscripted press conference on an airplane.


Balcony
When Pope Francis first appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s after he was elected, offering and asking for prayers.


HotelBill
When Pope Francis went back to pay his hotel bill the day after he was elected pope.


Phone
Whenever Pope Francis calls people on the telephone, earning him the nickname “cold-call pope”.

 
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