Pope Francis Vs. Black Francis


Yesterday’s selection of Pope Francis got me wondering: How does the new Holy Father compare against indie rock godfather and former Pixies frontman Black Francis?

  Pope Francis Black Francis
Namesake St. Francis of Assisi Name his dad wanted to give his next son
Means of elevation to current status College of cardinals College radio
Mass attendance Excellent Dropped out of UMass
Animal lover cred Named after patron saint of animals Named Doolittle after man who talked to animals
Spanish skills Fluent Amusing
Controversy involving B/breeders Says only straight people should be able to get married or adopt kids More critical acclaim for Kim Deal’s post-Pixies work
Believes God is number… One Seven
Followers 1.2 billion Catholics Backing band called The Catholics

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