New Argentine Pope: Brazil’s Reaction

Upon the Catholic Church selecting it’s first Latin American pope on the 13th they made world history. However, many Brazilian residents were a little surprised that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen over Brazil’s Sao Paulo Cardinal Odilo Scherer.

The tweet “’The pope is Argentinian, but I am Brazilian’ – God” gained popularity as thousands of Brazilians tweeted it after the selection of the new pope. Some Brazilians were also a little upset by losing to Argentina, who is a major rival for Brazil from trade to Sports. One congresswoman, Manoela D’Ávila, tweeted “To lose to Argentina makes me laugh.”

Brazil has the largest Catholic population in the world, and they were sure that Cardinal Scherer, who has close ties with the Vatican, was a shoe-in. A Vatican expert, John Allen Jr. stated before the election “I would say that Scherer is the best bet. He has a good reputation and is admired here (in the Vatican).”

Some Brazilians are stating they are not upset, however, and are just happy that someone from Latin America was finally put in the position.Father Mauricio Cop from the Lady Guadaloupe Church in Brasilia told the Rio Times “No, [I am not disappointed], because the pope will not just be a father to Argentina or to Latin America, but to the whole world. However, while he could have been from Europe and I would still be happy, that God chose for the first time a pope from another continent expresses the universality of the church.”

While the new Pope Francis is not the most progressive choice, openly speaking out against gay marriage, Father Cop still sees him as a good choice “I see a man of great humility, who is a blesser of the people,” “When he worked in Buenos Aires he was known as helping the poorest people, of kissing the feet of people suffering with AIDS, and of caring for the sick.”