African pope would be 'great honour'

2013-03-12 12:33

Durban - What name would Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban choose if he were to be elected the next pope to lead the Catholic Church?

The cardinal laughed off The Witness’s question on Monday, saying he would not get into it.

“People have been saying, ‘Well you trained in Ireland, so you should take the name of Saint Patrick’, while others have been saying, ‘You’re a Franciscan and should take the name of Saint Francis’. But, I’m not getting into that now,” he said.

Pope John Paul II appointed Napier cardinal for the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Acilia in Rome in 2001.

On Sunday, he spent the day with the parish at the Italian church.

“We had a lovely celebration. After Mass, we had lunch with the parish. It was lovely.”

Pope from Africa

Speculation in the media has been rife that Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana would emerge from the papal conclave as the new pope.

Napier believes it would be a “great honour” if the next pope were to be from Africa.

“The status of the church in Africa would certainly go up by one or two notches,” he said.

“Right now we have no indication on who the next pope will be.

“What a lot of people are doing is going with what they hear in the newspapers on who the frontrunners are.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the cardinals will proceed to the Sistine Chapel where the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI will begin.

“At that moment, we will still have no idea of telling how long the conclave will last, but I can tell you that it will certainly be longer than the last one,” said Cardinal Napier.

The last conclave, in which Pope Benedict XVI 0- then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - was elected, took two days to reach conclusion after just four ballots.

If Cardinal Napier is elected as Benedict’s successor, he will be lost to South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Once a pope is elected, they go into the Vatican the next day.

“There is no returning home,” Napier said.


  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-12 12:41

    Well that would be nice to see who it is going to be?

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-03-12 12:53

      Unfortunately SA cant get much right these days!!!

      werner.nel.984786 - 2013-03-12 14:33

      I vote Zuma for Pope! That way he will be so busy emptying the Vatican's coffers, that South Africa might just have time to recover.

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-12 14:45

      @werner. He would make a perfect pope. He already has the credentials regarding sexual misconduct, so he would fit right in.

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2013-03-12 14:59

      I see the whites are full of themselfes again today..have sum respect for our president pls.

      andynct - 2013-03-12 15:04

      African Pope would be highly unlikely. Africa only has 10% of the vote. Europe only has 24% of the Catholics but they have 52% of the Cardinals and the vote. So more likely another European Pope. South America has 42% of Catholics but only 17% of the vote. It seems whites still rule in the Vatican.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-12 15:21

      @ Gift Ndlovu - I am picking on the president it's everyone else so please don't include me in it I said If you read my comment it said Well that would be nice to see who it is going to be.?

      bearpup - 2013-03-12 15:29

      Gift. Can you please bugger off and respect our constitutional right to free speech.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2013-03-12 17:04

      Well i wish our esteemed prez respected our taxes

      perter.damingo - 2013-03-13 06:59

      @ Gift. A person must earn respect immaterial of who you are. Your actions and deeds speak louder than words and currently the president (I say the president as I did not vote for him so he is not my president) has only performed poorly in the eyes of the world’s leaders as well as the people of SA who want reconciliation, a united SA and progress not regress. How can I respect such a person?

  • Paul Georgeades - 2013-03-12 12:43

    The way our country is being run,don't think good idea to have a pope from This country....etc etc

      Magda Henning - 2013-03-12 13:27

      Lol....that's good. Maybe toi toi in front of Vatican as well

      procold2 - 2013-03-12 13:35

      new african pope up on charges for corruption and sexually abusing the help, suspended on full pay while vatican investigates, charges laid and apealed 4 times, all helpes and priests in africa go on stike until charges are withdrawn,vatican finds out they are bankrupt african pope while on suspention defrauded the banking account broke his vow of chastity and live with his ten wives at security village in zimpopo

      Lincoln Pienaar - 2013-03-12 15:09

      Would he then still be the Pope or would he just be the Hope. lol

      Lincoln Pienaar - 2013-03-12 15:09

      Would he then still be the Pope or would he just be the Hope. lol

  • Lerato Nakedi - 2013-03-12 12:54

    ah a waste of tym. ul b critisizd til u step dwn. ur color wnt b matching da color of MEN OF GOD.. as u cn read sum comments already

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-03-12 13:36

      Yeah. And while you're about it, demand an instant refund of the school-fees wasted on you.

      Francois Cronje - 2013-03-12 13:37

      Can you add some vowels please? Most of us here do not speak or read Imbecile.

      perter.damingo - 2013-03-13 07:02

      @ Lerato. Speak english no wonder our country is falling apart if this is the level of eduction.

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2013-03-12 12:54

    Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, yes from n country where they want to kill the gays of that country! While on the side the priests are molesting children left and right. i say down with the pope and his chruch!

  • dany.duprez.338 - 2013-03-12 12:59

    once he is elected all the cardinals can go for a gay massage in the building just bought by the vatican,bunch of morons.stop religion,sell all the assets of it and use it for education worldwide.

      procold2 - 2013-03-12 14:23

      well dany thats your opinion, there are a lot of people that subscribe and have faith in religion and believe fully in the lord god and his son jesus, i am not a bible puncher but every one to his own and for before you call anybody a moron go and have a look in the mirror

  • Trevor Matthews - 2013-03-12 13:09

    ahh...there was some speculation the antichrist would be an African...

      Francois Cronje - 2013-03-12 13:40

      The Anti-Christ is African. He's your president Trevor...

  • Joshua Sematla - 2013-03-12 13:21

    African pope my ass...what is this thing with us black Africans, always trying to force our way in to ish that does not belong to us..

      tumelo.motloung.779 - 2013-03-12 13:48

      read your post again and type slowly maybe you'll make sense.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-12 13:58

      It has got nothing to do with "you black Africans" Its to do with a man, his religion, his position, his capabbilities and their followers. The Cardinals will decide if they found him the fittest to continue leading their religion and or following the route they steer all and that will be the criteria. Irrelevant if you see him as a "black African" trying to force his way in. He is a follower of his religion and a Cardinal.

  • ruth.vanzyl - 2013-03-12 13:30

    You come across as a wonderful man so I wish you God's richest blessings and lots and lots of luck

  • Thembane Colly Hlazboy - 2013-03-12 13:31

    does it really matter where the next Pope comes from? as long as long as our God remains the same true God we know.

  • perter.damingo - 2013-03-12 13:32

    We already have Tutu who is doing all in his power to destbalise the country do we need a second one ....or just maybe Wilfred would be the guiding light SA needs

  • Stephen Fienberg - 2013-03-12 13:34

    With such a record of outstanding leadership, does Africa really need another tyrant to run this international kiddy fiddling organisation?

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2013-03-12 13:45

    May the best Pope-In-Waiting win. So what if the next Pope is from Africa. Let them be, to continue with their traditions and elect who they see fit for the job. Perhaps Zuma and his cANCer government could learn a thing or two about getting the right, qualified and experienced people for the job.

  • Ken Koen - 2013-03-12 13:50

    I dont know if the Vatican is BEE compliant

  • Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-03-12 14:14

    In the Afrocentric world at present, what else than an African puppet would be appropriate? Please do not divide in racial terms because of this statement; accept for a truth that race does exist. Stand in front of a mirror with someone of another race and see the difference. It's only skin deep? Go to dinner at the domicile with a person of another race; the way the spoils are divided, who eats first, the attitude to the meat (revered or monetized), all will tell you that culture is also inherent in race. Then take a logical test. Ask infant of both races in the age group of two to four years to help themselves to candy though a hole to small for a fist to retract through and witness who will pick up candy one at a time and who will scream in frustration with a stuck fist full of spoils. Again I am not berating any taxonomic group, only pointing at the differences. There is a part of each group the other wishes to possess. The white wishes to have the sprinting capability of the black; the black wishes to have the endurance of the white. Yet the powers that be has introduces an Afrocentric privilege that is not deserved. Slavery et. al. has been suffered by all our races; so has genocide and marginalization. We are not special in that regard. If a black pope is elected; may it be on merit, if any can be found in this uncouth church, and not because of the Afrocentric pigment count.

  • Makhanthisa Master-t - 2013-03-12 14:16

    @haters there are people out there who doesnt really consider race unlike you. there's obviously good reasons why they want to select that african pope. i personally wouldnt want him to be selected to avoid noise from hate-filled maggots like you.

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-03-12 14:21

      Meh. Race means nothing as far as I'm concerned. It also really doesn't matter who heads that criminal organisation however this guy could become their 'trophy black' since there's already such emphasis on the color of his skin.

      Nonpopular Newsreel - 2013-03-12 17:37

      Please do not fool yourself; race exists. Differences between races exist. I refer to hormonal counts, onset of puberty, tendency towards monogamy and the like. Please never ever fool yourself and leave race out of the equation, that is a media programmed response to avoid, rather than face and solve a social problem. Believe as all should in merit and merit only. (Not that the Catholic church has much room to get more corrupt).

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  • bearpup - 2013-03-12 15:27

    I think the moderator is catholic. My comment removed once again....ugh!

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