Last night, while the U.S. tuned into the biggest night in football, Pope Francis used the moment to speak about the importance of sports, rules, and unification in a poignant message seen by millions.
“Great sporting events like today’s Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace. By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest —and in a healthy way — we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules. May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity for the world. Thank you! #superbowl”
Did people like it? Let’s just say most felt #blessed.
You know it's gonna be a good game when the Pope blesses it❤ #SuperBowl
Pope Francis was in Mexico recently and spoke about everything from abortion and femicide to the border wall and standing up to Trump.
But it’s his comments about Mexico’s struggle with violence and conflict that have everybody talking.
In a recent interview with Noticieros Televisa, Pope Francis blamed the country’s rising violence on the devil taking out its anger on the country.
The Pope offered an explanation for the violence and conflict that Mexico faces, saying that “the devil has beef” with Mexico. He says it’s because of the frequent persecution that Catholics faced in the country over the years.
He added that “Christian persecutions weren’t as virulent in other countries in America,” he told Noticieros Televisa, according to El Universal. “Why in Mexico? Something happened there… Otherwise, you can’t explain it.”
According to the Pope, the devil’s problem with Mexico also stems from the country’s immense admiration for la Virgen de Guadalupe.
Translation: @Pontifex_es still things that the devil has beef with Mexico because in Mexico, there is la Virgen de Guadalupe.
This actually goes back to a 2015 interview where the Pope again blamed Mexicans for worshipping la Virgen. He went on to say this is why the devil punishes Mexico.
Obviously, his remarks have caused quite a bit of drama in one of the world’s most Catholic countries.
Translation: He has to blame our bullshit on something.
People across Twitter are either offended and annoyed that the Pope would simplify something that is so complicated, while others are upset that their religious leader suggests they face an issue with the devil.
Like I don’t think anyone wants to hear that their country is being punished by the devil – especially not from the church’s number 1 leader.
Though many heard the news and couldn’t help but laugh.
The majority of people across social media just couldn’t beleive that their county’s struggles were being reduced to such a simple explanation.
Many wanted to hear detailed plans or suggestions from Pope Francis on how best to combat the issues the country faces but, instead, were left disappointed.
And some suggested the devil himself was probably having a good laugh at all of this.
Translation: Now we understand everything. The devil has beef with Mexico, says the Pope.
And one Twitter user admitted he agrees with Pope Francis.
Translation: “I also think that ‘the devil has beef with Mexico.’ Well, at least with my Chivas.”
Or at least that the devil has beef with his futbol team, Las Chivas. And with a season like they had last year, we would probably have to agree.
So it’s a chill day at work and you’re sitting there scrolling through Twitter…when *gasp* you discover the Pope – yes, that Pope – has a Twitter account. Wait…what?! Is this for real? How did we not know this? Not only does he have a Twitter feed but he’s got like 18 million more followers than you do. Naturally, you start scrolling only to realize the Pope is woke af!
From calling out world leaders for their failure to secure peace in the world or to combat climate change to calling for the protection of the weak and poor among us – the Pope’s Twitter feed is where I go now for some serious feels.
He’s doling out some pretty sage advice.
Okay, Pope Francis. I see you trying to get us all to get along. I feel like this is something my mom has said to me a lot when I was a kid. Like, be nice to your primos y hermanos because they are going to be with you in the future.
His tweets are literally things that our tías have been telling us for years.
It is like she is writing his tweets or he is getting his inspo from her. I am 100 percent sure my tía told me this just last weekend when we were at dinner.
He basically put Trump on blast for his inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants.
It is known that the Pope and President Trump have a little feud going on. Mainly Trump has a feud and likes to react to things that the Pope says because he might feel like he is in the wrong, but who knows.
He even took a stand on climate change and put the blame on humanity.
Our family isn’t in the business of discussing this but if they did, it would sound like this. We all know that our family loves to talk about people and how they aren’t behaving. It is their favorite pastime.
He also channels that one prima we all have…
You know the one. She’s always telling you to let Jesus into your heart and trying to get you to go to church with her.
And apparently, Mary was the very first social influencer.
There are so many major influencers out there but if the Pope gets behind you and calls you the most influential woman in history then that’s it – you are.
He knows how to help the gente spread the love.
When the Pope speaks…people listen.
We can all stand to be reminded of this, am I right?
The Pope tries to make peace between all sorts of groups of people and here he is using some of that meta-advice for something simple: listen to your family, friends, partners, co-workers and others. #ListeningSkills
And he throws down for the abuelos.
Love you nana!
Mami has got to be following the Pope on Twitter.
This is straight out of my mom’s mouth. Pero like how did she know the Pope was on Twitter before me…?
And you know your mom always pulled this out when there’s some family drama.
Of course, she would never admit to having drama in our familia but when others came with chisme about theirs, this is totally the type of advice my mom would give to friends. Think Virginia de la Mora from Casa de las Flores.
This is some heavy advice but oh my god so true!
Why didn’t I see this Tweet when I needed it most?! My tears irrigate life? Amazing!
Is it just me or is the Pope throwing shade at all the thots on social media?
He does not hold back with what he thinks about the people. Honestly, if anyone on this planet should be allowed to judge, it is the man who gave his entire life to the church.
Alright…so maybe the Trump/Pope feud is a real thing?
This is definitely some not-so-veiled shade towards the U.S. president and his tendency to lash out at anyone who disagrees with him.
Pretty sure we’re all thinking the same…
But like he’s the Pope who leads a community of more than a billion people and can get away with calling out world leaders.
Sometimes you can’t sugarcoat the truth.
If he isn’t channeling my mom every time she steps into my room…
If this isn’t mis papas trying to inspire me every time I start doubting what I’m doing with my life.
Mijo, work hard and you can do anything you want to do!