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Sweet Sistine update: The Sacred Semifinals

Sweet Sistine: Pope Madness Round of 4 bracket

(RNS) With more than 25,000 votes cast (and counting), our “Pope Madness” Sweet Sistine tournament is down to a four final contenders in the Sacred Semifinals.

Canadian Marc Ouellet is facing off against Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz; Milan’s Angelo Scola is up against Nigeria’s John Onaiyekan.

The winners from the East v. West conferences will square off for the chance to be elected the People’s Pope in the final round. Vote now, and enter your email address at the bottom to be notified of the next round of voting.


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Sweet Sistine: Pope Madness Round of 4 bracket

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David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

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Daniel Burke

Daniel Burke worked for Religion News Service from 2006-2013. He now co-edits CNN's Belief Blog.

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  • Interesting that you “force” the final choice to include only one Eropian. therefore causing a large margin for error if the actual voting is between two or three Eropians.

  • Depends on the outcome of the vote, right? For whatever reason, what matters in this time of greater literacy and information among presumed Catholics concerning the history of their church, its clergy, especially in current events, there are a lot of uncertainties. And you can be sure the political cardinals are just as concerned about those uncertainties as they are about the certainty of the claimed guidance of the Holy Spirit of their activities. Better not mess with the Holy Spirit–but look at your history. Teen-age cardinals, popes with illegitimate kids, indulgences and phony relics for sale to highest bidders, and more recently, the atrocities of the Vatican Bank that match anything on Wall St., NY, U.S.A.–or in Washington, D.C.