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We’re celebrating Pope Francis’ first year as Supreme Pontiff by letting you vote for your favorite Francis moment in our latest bracket.

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March 20th, 2014

It seems as though the old adage is true and actions do indeed speak louder than words. Pope Francis’s deed of washing, drying and kissing the feet of 12 inmates last year on Holy Thursday has edged out his famous “Who am I to judge?” quote to become the official winner of Francis Madness. Thanks for participating. If you still feel a little Francis fever, feel free to continue down memory lane by clicking here to review the first round of Francis Madness that includes a short description of each of these wonderful words and works.

And to see the results and stats of all the match-ups, just scroll below here under the bracket to see how the quotes, acts and deeds all fared against each other…

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francismadness-round6-flash-aOn 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.

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March 19th, 2014

We’re down to a quote and a deed facing off in the final voting of everyone’s favorite Francis moment. What’s funny about these two is when they happened in Pope Francis’ first year. The washing of the feet happened on Holy Thursday of last year, March 28, only two weeks after Francis became pope! Did you ever start a new job and within two weeks perform your duties so spectacularly that you got everyone talking? Four months to the day later, Francis gave his famous unscripted press conference on July 28, uttering the words, “Who am I to judge?” Words that since have been on everyone’s minds. Words and deeds to live by indeed, but which one will win Pope Francis Madness?

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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?”

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.

March 18th, 2014

We’ve reached the final four favorite moments of Francis Madness and it’s no surprise that the top 4 seeds made it here. This whole contest was a fun look back at Pope Francis’ best public moments of his first year, and these are four of the best. A simple yet mind-blowing statement of non-judgement during his famous unscripted airplane press conference; two big public showings of love and mercy; a fun, candid moment between himself and a little child: it’d be safe to venture that at least one of these things come to most people’s minds when you ask them about the pope’s first year.

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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?”

Neurofibramatosis
When Pope Francis embraced a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis.

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.

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.

March 17th, 2014

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Round 3 of Francis Madness begins now and runs through tomorrow morning. We’re down to 8 of our favorite moments, which ones will advance to the final four?

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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?”

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.”

Neurofibramatosis
When Pope Francis embraced a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis.

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.

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.

HotelBill
When Pope Francis

March 14th, 2014

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

March 12th, 2014

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

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