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What's in a name? For the pope, a lot

2011-01-10 20:50

Vatican City - If you're Catholic and are expecting a baby don't even think of naming it anything like Crystal, Heather, Track or Chelsea unless you want to upset Pope Benedict.

The pope, who baptised 21 children on Sunday at a traditional annual ceremony at the Vatican, said afterwards that every new member of the faith acquires the character of a son or daughter of the Church "starting from a Christian name".

This, he said, was "an unequivocal sign that the Holy Spirit gives a rebirth to people in the womb of the Church."

Italian newspapers had a field day with the story on Monday with headlines such as "Give your children Christian names".

One mainstream newspaper dedicated an entire page to it, including lists of names, an interview with a pastor, and a personal account by a man who recalled that priests in Italy at one time only allowed names of Italian saints.

Apparently not much has changed, so the pope doesn't have to worry too much about Italy.

According to La Stampa, most Italians still prefer to name their children after saints. Francesco (Francis) is number one for boys and Giulia (Julia) is at the top of the chart for girls these days.

The pope was born in Germany 83 years ago and baptised Joseph, which stands at number 14 on the Italian charts today.

Comments
  • multicon - 2011-01-10 21:03

    Here we go again. How about calling your child Lucifer and invite the Pope to the baptism. Hehe.

  • multicon - 2011-01-10 21:04

    After all it is a christian name. Lucifer and the second name Nick.

  • mgv4life - 2011-01-10 21:12

    How about rebaptising the pope as Nebukadnesar!!! We've suffered long enough with these Christian names forced upon us

      suhelen123 - 2011-01-11 08:02

      You should take that issue up with your parents then, shouldn't you as they named you didnt they?

      suhelen123 - 2011-01-11 08:02

      You should take that issue up with your parents then, shouldn't you as they named you didnt they?

  • enomy11 - 2011-01-10 22:04

    This is simply pathethic

  • lmduplessis - 2011-01-10 22:44

    Thes people are just getting more ridiculous each day, it's not even funny anymore. Next thing you know he'll be banning electricity.

  • cervezab - 2011-01-10 22:53

    I wonder how the pope feels about all the people in Central and South America that named their kids Jesus

  • gb2161 - 2011-01-11 05:35

    Every time paparatzi open his mouth he splews nonsense. This senile geriatric virgin holds forth on matters of sex, families and relationships, subjects on which he is hardly and expert. As George Carin so aptly put it - "Religion easily has the greatest bulls**t story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, talk about a good bulls**t story. Holy S**t!" Sums up the pope and the Vatican very well.

      Spoofed - 2011-01-11 09:04

      It's George CARLIN and yes that man spoke so many true words words. How i miss hi. R.I.P George...

      Spoofed - 2011-01-11 09:04

      It's George CARLIN and yes that man spoke so many true words words. How i miss hi. R.I.P George...

  • gertmelktert - 2011-01-11 07:56

    What exactly is a Christian name? Who decided?

  • Phil - 2011-01-11 08:20

    What a pompous old fart, that senile geriatric....How can he, "In todays day and age", Dictate what we can and cant name our childeren!!!!! Ok ok ok, some names just are'nt appropriate like "Gearbox, spanner, krankshaft...But still has'nt religion taken enough from our childeren..- "like their virginities????

  • Phil - 2011-01-11 08:33

    That pompous old fart, how "in todays day and age", can he dictate what a parent can and can't name their child!!! Ok ok ok some names just won't work like: "Gearbox, clutchplate, Krankshaft..." But still, has religion not taken enough from our childeren? Like their virginities???

  • Rajty - 2011-01-11 10:13

    I wonder hoe many Christians there are in South Africa judging by the vast number of anti-Christian sentiment that these types of articles generally conjour up....

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