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March 14th, 2014

Pope Francis Madness: Round 2

 
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It’s time for Round 2 of Francis Madness and though there were no big surprises in Round 1 with the 4 top seeds advancing, we did find it a little shocking that (at least in the Quotes region) voters preferred noise, healing and the homeless to sinners, atheists and women. We were also a little sad to see that Mini-Me Pope didn’t make the cut.

Voting for Round 2 begins now and continues through the weekend until Monday 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?”


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.”


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.”


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

 
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