Top Things We Know About Pope Francis & How You Can Help Save A Small Business
Posted 3/14/2013 3:00:00 PM

This past Friday was International Women's Day, which is all about respecting and empowering women around the world. But during a report on it, Connecticut's Fox affiliate accidentally aired the wrong montage.

At least we ASSUME it was an accident, because the video they played showed women walking down the street . . . with close-ups of their BOOBS bouncing around.

You might have heard we got ourselves a new pope yesterday . . . POPE FRANCIS.

The conclave of cardinals picked 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (--pronounced burr-GO-lio). He was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. But from now on he'll be known as POPE FRANCIS.

Here are the eight things you need to know . . .

#1.) It took the conclave 24 hours and five votes, and the pick was a bit of a surprise: He's the first non-European pope in over 1,000 years, and the first EVER from the Americas. The odds at various sportsbooks had him at around 33-to-one. And THAT'S a surprise in and of itself . . . since he was the runner-up in the LAST Papal race, in 2005.

#2.) At 76, he's two years younger than POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH was when he took the reins in 2005, and 18 years OLDER than POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND when HE became pope in 1978.

#3.) He picked "Francis" after ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. And a Vatican spokesman says they both, quote, "have a special place in their heart for the poor, the disenfranchised, for those living on the fringes and facing injustice."

#4.) There are approximately 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, and 480 million of them are in Latin America. There have been 265 other popes throughout history.

#5.) When he was 21, Bergoglio started studying to become a Jesuit priest. He made his way up through the church, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and became a cardinal in 2001. So he's also the first Jesuit to be named pope.

#6.) When Argentina legalized gay marriage three years ago, he called it, quote, "a scheme to destroy God's plan." And he called gay adoption, quote, "discrimination against children . . . depriving [them] of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother." All 117 cardinals at the conclave were appointed by POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND or POPE BENEDICT THE SIXTEENTH, so there wasn't really a shot at anything BUT a very socially conservative, Biblically strict, old school pope.

#7.) He IS considered to be a strong leader though, and the Church is counting on him to get them past all the scandals they've had in the past few decades.

#8.) He only has one lung. He had the other one removed when he was a teenager, because of an infection. And since he's been fine since then, his health isn't one of the overall concerns.

Now that you havr the facts, let’s see what we discovered about our new Holy Father with the Top Things We Know About Pope Francis.

His last name rhymes with "gigolo." And if you laughed at that, congratulations, you're going to HELL!

At 76, he adds some much-needed youth and spirit to The Vatican.

He's now the world's second most powerful virgin, behind Tim Tebow.

He's so humble that he almost cancels out Kanye West. Almost.

He's the first thing to come from South America that doesn't lie since Shakira's hips.

Even though he's the ultimate authority to 1.1 billion people, he still wouldn't dare do something as presumptuous as telling them how much soda they can drink.

Unlike Pope Benedict, he bears no resemblance to a "Star Wars" emperor.

He still has that New Pope smell.

Now this is pretty cool; a community rallying around a locally owned Toy Store in Edwardsville. Once Upon a Toy opened in 1987 and was just forced to close its doors due to the bank calling in their loan 5 years early.

It was a shock to the community who instantly started rallying by creating a Facebook page “Save Once Upon a Store” which attracted over 1,500 followers in 24 hours. Soon after began a fundraising campaign to save the toy store. In 24 hours $25,000 was raised.

Once the bank witnessed the community support it agreed to keep the loan until 2015 if $75,000 was raised by Friday (tomorrow!).

Please donate anything you can at http://tilt.tc/njoP (search save once upon a toy crowdtilt)

Once Upon a Toy and local small businesses everywhere thank you!

Posted By: Max Foizey  

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