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Pope and Bond villain, separated at birth?

Pope Francis
Pope Francis
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce

Randy McCarthy from our newsroom thinks the new pope, Francis, has a doppelganger – British actor Jonathan Pryce. The actor is probably best known for starring in “Brazil” and as a Bond villain in “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

I see the resemblance, although the pope seems to have a few pounds on Pryce. (If you’re not seeing the photo of Pryce, click on the headline.)

Randy’s wife, former TNT reporter Lisa Kremer, found this appropriate-in-hindsight quote from “Tomorrow Never Dies” by Pryce’s character, Eliot Carver:

Soon I’ll have reached out to and influenced more people than anybody in the history of this planet, save God himself. And the best he ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount.


First thoughts on Francis

Having grown up Catholic, I was immediately taken by the choice of the new pope’s name: Francis. It honors St. Francis of Assisi, who renounced his family’s wealth and dedicated his life to the poor. As a child living in Northern Italy, I had the opportunity to visit Assisi with a church tour group from Aviano Air Force Base and learned all about this saint.

Apparently the name caught many by surprise. It’s hard to believe that there’s never been a Pope Francis, given St. Francis’ popularity among the faithful. (If you’re a Catholic with any yard statuary, it’s likely to be either Mary or St. Francis, who is often depicted feeding birds.)

I asked a Catholic friend for her thoughts on the selection of Jorge Bergogli for pope. Her response: Read more »