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Should Francis root for the Italians or the Argentines? Married priests in Africa want a pope of their own. And if she wants to name the baby "Messiah," who's to stop her?

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Francis could root for both or neither, neither being the more politically correct decision in my opinion. Nameing your child Messiah isn’t that like Jews nameing their child joshua? The judges decision was, a complete joke,but the right wing Christian Party thinks they have a mandate from God to force their religion on the rest of us.