Wednesday, March 20th 2013 - 23:09 UTC

The Pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian, says Rousseff; Francis is expected in Rio next July

Argentines are lucky because they have a great Pope, but “if the Pope is Argentine, God is Brazilian”, said Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday following her half hour meeting with Francis and asked by Argentine reporters her impression of the new pontiff.

 The Brazilian president meets with the Pope in the Vatican Library

“I consider you (Argentines) have a lot of luck, you have a great pope. Argentina deserves to be congratulated, but back home we always say that if the Pope is Argentine, God is Brazilian” Rousseff told reporters covering the historic event and in direct reference to the neighbourly rivalry.

This was the second meeting Pope Francis holds with a head of state, (the first was with Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez) and President Rousseff described the 30-minute exchange as magnificent and stated that the pontiff is “excited” about the possibility of visiting Brazil in the coming weeks.

Prior to the official meeting at the private library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Rousseff told reporters in the Vatican that the Pope’s eventual visit to Rio de Janeiro on June 23-28 marking the 2013 World Youth Day will be the “greatest event” Francis would attend to.

“A multitude of Catholics is expected. “We will receive him in the best way, as usual,” the leader of Brazil -home of 123 million Catholics- affirmed.

President Rousseff added that Francis was also looking forward to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo. The image is widely venerated by Brazilian Roman Catholics, who consider her as the principal patroness of Brazil.

Pious accounts claim that the statue was originally found by fishermen, who miraculously caught many fishes after invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary. The dark statue is currently housed in the Basilica of the national Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. The cult is not to the image, but for the first apparition of the Immaculate Conception in Brazil, for the first time ever in a black skin color. The image is considered a symbol of this event, and the apparition as a blessing to Brazil.

The Brazilian president described the new pontiff as a “very charismatic personality” and underlined his great commitment to the poor.

“This is a Pope that speaks to the weakest, to the youth, to the elderly and to those who need help. I think he is a pontiff who has the capacity to be moved, that will dedicate (himself) to the poor and he has said that that is his main goal. It is a reason for us Brazilians and for all Latin America to be proud of, but above all it is good for the whole world,” the president stated.

She also revealed that Francis has good command of ‘portuñol’ the mix of Spanish and Portuguese spoken along the borders of Spanish South America and Brazil, and thus “we did not need a translator”.

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1 Ayayay (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 11:36 pm Report abuse
2 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 11:44 pm Report abuse
Good for Brazil.

The Pope will enjoy visiting “God's country” as opposed to depressed Argentina.

3 redpoll (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:05 am Report abuse
No need for Brazilians to go to confession any more as they will now have a freephone upstairs to the Boss himself
4 Vuggevise (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 08:32 am Report abuse
A grown adult arguing about the nationality of a mythical creature, that was created in mankind’s image, goes bump in the night, and seeks revenge in an imaginary afterlife? … mmmmm okay
5 Pirate Love (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
@4 and just to think there was a time when man believed the world was flat, and believed in witches,monsters etc......that is until we knew better,
each to their own.....
6 Musky (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:22 pm Report abuse
If the pope is argentine, god is brazilian, then the devil is... answers on a postcard please!
7 Ricky (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:34 pm Report abuse
@6. G W B of course. Chavez already told us..
8 RedBaron (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
According to David Bowie, “God is an American” (you've got to see him perform that live- one of the essential pleasures of life).
9 Musky (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:37 pm Report abuse
@7 Ricky
Well Chavez would know, he's downstairs, not upstairs!
10 Vuggevise (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 12:46 pm Report abuse
@6 Musky

I think I'd have to nominate George Osborne (and if, by the skin of his teeth, it isn't him, it is only because he isn't actually clever enough to be Satan incarnate).
11 Musky (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
Well Ozzy is the devil's spawn. A complete omni-shamples in a posh frock. Cost me a fortune this guy.
12 Conqueror (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
What's with this conversation? Everyone knows that God is British, specifically English. You have only look at production of the Bible. First there was what is known as the Tyndale Bible around 1525. The first translation into a proper language from the original gibberish. Then 1539/40 and the Great Bible. The Bishops' Bible of 1568. And finally, the King James Bible finished in 1611. Who could doubt that God was ensuring promulgation of the Word in his own language, that is gradually becoming the language of the world. All around the world, people are having to give up their local gibberish and speak English.
13 Brasileiro (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 10:28 pm Report abuse
Equal Rome from the latins!
14 Musky (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 11:47 pm Report abuse
@12 conk
I must agree with you. He's a cool customer so it stands to reason!
15 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 22nd, 2013 - 12:01 am Report abuse
Very classy quip from Dilma, I like it =)

#4 Get a life =)

#6 “If the pope is argentine, god is brazilian, then the devil is...” a kelper! Nah just kidding =)
16 God.Is.An.Illusion (#) Mar 22nd, 2013 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
Dilma does a reasonably good job.
The only thing she probably do not want to risk is a cut in Government salaries. And that is really what must be done, to get rid of most of these incompetent old farts
17 redpoll (#) Mar 22nd, 2013 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
Conks you are wrong.
God is SCOTS or at least he has been since the dastarly English returned Abrahams Pillow aka the Stone of Scone to Scotias fair land. He must be Scots otherwise he wouldnt have given his faithfull the art of making the water of life = uisge in Gaelic.
If Scotland gets its independence one of the first problems that that kelt Mr Salmond will face is a demand from the Israeli Premier for the return of Abrahams pillow to the land of Judah
18 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 22nd, 2013 - 10:55 pm Report abuse
#12 “You have only look at production of the Bible. First there was what is known as the Tyndale Bible around 1525. The first translation into a proper language from the original gibberish”


#17 Its Jacob's pillow! I obviously know my Scottish heritage better than you =)
19 Anglotino (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 03:50 am Report abuse
I would think that what Argentina and Brazil need more than God and the Pope is a bloody decent economist.
20 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 08:17 am Report abuse
#19 Well if he exists, God created the economy, so you could say he's the best economist =) And the economic teachings of Jesus are very appealing to me =)
21 Anglotino (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
@20 God created man and instilled in him free will.

Don't blame Brazil's and Argentinas's failing economies on God. That's just plain unfair to God.

Not everything is his fault. For instance your lower than usual level of intelligence is not God's fault. I'd blame that squarely on genetics - wouldn't even take into account the environment on that one.
22 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
#21 Why's that? Do you think I might be the “wrong” race?!
23 God.Is.An.Illusion (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
O M G - now you're insulting your friend-on-the-cloud even for your lousy economy?
She doesn't deserve that.
24 redpoll (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
@@18 kilty Kirtshy You are of course correct about Jacobs pillow. While we are at it the Orkneys and Shetlands really belong to Norway on the same basis that the Falklands “belong” to Argentina
That idea sends th Scot gnats ballistic as only 8% of the people voted for ScotNats at the last election
Look up Henry Sinclair, premier Jarl of Norway and Earl of Orkney. If his story is true we should have an Orcadian in the White House and not some Kenyan Irishman by the name of O'Bama!
25 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
#24 Interesting, getting into some Templar conspiracy theories here =) But even if its all true, why does that mean America should have an Orcadian President 600 years on; after all, Christopher Columbus wasn't a Kenyan either! Or toput it another way, times change =)
26 Anglotino (#) Mar 23rd, 2013 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
@22 BK

Thank you for proving my point in post 21, you make it too easy!
27 God.Is.An.Illusion (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 12:33 am Report abuse
28 redpoll (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 03:23 am Report abuse
@25 Kilty K. Templar conspiracies? A visit to Rosslyn chapel is in order to set you right on that score
29 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 07:58 am Report abuse
Simon Templar would have kicked BK's arse.
30 redpoll (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 01:56 pm Report abuse
Saints alive! If he did that we might find out if Kilty K is a trew Scotsman!
31 Conqueror (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 02:45 pm Report abuse
@14 Please don't call me “conk”. “Conqueror” is in tribute to HMS Conqueror. One of Her Britannic Majesty's submarines. Responsible for the “removal” of an aggressor. And for the argie “navy” fleeing to its ports, never to venture out again. HMS Conqueror is a very proud name. Please give it proper respect.
@17 Please note my comments above. And God cannot be Scots. God is a stern god. How could a god be stern in a skirt? I hesitate to suggest the identity of the faithful of a Scots god. Cross-dressers? Trans-genders? Transsexuals? A real god must depend on the normal and the brave. The English!
@22 Of course you're the “wrong” race. Don't you represent yourself as Scottish? A skirt-wearer who likes to eat horse feed? Is that normal? And you try to justify yourself by including the word “British”. Foreign evasions, misdirection and lies. Do you even have a “race”? Or are you just a mongrel?
32 redpoll (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 04:20 pm Report abuse
@31 Conqueror I am perfectly aware that HMS Conqueror was referred to as conks throughout the 82 conflict.
So who do you take your soubriquet from?
That French Viking Duke of Normandy who invaded England in 1066?
As to God in a skirt, you may have noticed when the last time you went to church that our clerical bretheren wear a surplice (or surplus; take it how you will) when they get dressed up.
So of course God is a Scot
With the latest scandals in the church, maybe the expression of chasing a skirt has taken on a new meaning?
33 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 24th, 2013 - 11:36 pm Report abuse
#31 “God cannot be Scots. God is a stern god. How could a god be stern in a skirt? I hesitate to suggest the identity of the faithful of a Scots god. Cross-dressers? Trans-genders? Transsexuals?”

Do you believe then that “God hates fags”???
34 God.Is.An.Illusion (#) Mar 25th, 2013 - 12:31 am Report abuse
35 Anglotino (#) Mar 25th, 2013 - 02:45 am Report abuse
@31 Conk

Take your God and stick it. “Normal” people don't live in your world. Just bitter old people who can't understand how the world has moved on.

You are sady mistaken if you think you are “normal”, just common.

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