We were warned over a month ago that it was possible but very unlikely that Pope Benedict XVI’s successor would be black. Yet some people evidently kept their hopes up that one of the African cardinals who were semi-in the running would be the next leader of the Catholic Church.
When the white smoke was followed by another white pope this afternoon, Vatican watchers around the world took to Twitter to serve up a mix of disappointment, mildly funny jokes and what we think might have been straight-faced comments about what a black pontiff would have meant for the end of the world. Sigh.
So it’s not a black pope… It’s not the end of the world! YEY! Praise you Pope Francis I!
— Racs Salcedo (@Papa_RACS) March 13, 2013
I was expecting a black pope.smh
— Ixaac I. Sinaga (@IxaacIxaacIxaac) March 13, 2013
I was kinda morbidly curious to know how many suicides would’ve occurred if a black pope was announced.
— Super Platano (@tonyfamilia) March 13, 2013
Black President & Black Pope, 2Pac’s vision! Lol
— Alex Gonzales (@AlexHoops_10) March 13, 2013
“@j_aiken2: We need a black pope..Negrodamus”
— TreyDavis (@Ayoo_Trey15) March 13, 2013
I was hoping for either the first black pope or the 87th gay one
— james walker (@sirjameswalker) March 13, 2013
I hope the rules change soon. Just so black smoke means a black pope has been chosen.
— Josh™ (@jampadu) March 13, 2013
Looks like there’s still only one Black Pope… #Scandal…thegoodkind
— Verbal The Rapper (@malcolmbarrett) March 13, 2013
As cool as a Black Pope would have been, lets remember as a result the world could have easily ended.
— Princewell George (@THE_OBSERVER_1) March 13, 2013