Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Next Pope

Many have speculated that we might have the first “black pope” as Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze is a viable candidate for the papacy. It sounds right, but the only problem is that this assumption is wrong. What people often forget is that Christianity began and grew at the height of the Roman Empire. As the religion spread from Judea (present-day Israel) it grew throughout the entire Roman Empire which included North Africa. Many of the first great Christian thinkers were from North Africa and the Christianity practiced in Ethiopia and Egypt dates back from this time. Knowing this, maybe it should not be surprising that there has previously been a “black” (African) pope. Pope St Victor was pope from 189-199 AD. According to Mark Steyn of London's Daily Telegraph, he was the one who decided to celebrate Easter on a Sunday.

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