It is not news that Pope Francis is probably the 'coolest' Pope ever since St. Pope John Paul II. His down-to-earth approach and colloquial way of speech has won the hearts of many; ironically, outside of the Church. He has gotten great respect from groups that have been traditionally outspoken against the Papacy such the the LGBT, atheists, secularists and others.
On Twitter today, an image of the Pope taken during his Papal visit to Central Africa has gotten the attention of many causing it to start a trend on Twitter named "#PopeBars." Bars in this context is related to music bars. The trend has taken a life of its own with people using the image of the Pope to post rap rhymes. In the image, the Pope is holding the microphone like rappers and has his left hand in a pose similar to that of a DJ scratching records.
It makes me happy to see this positive reception of the Holy Father and also makes me proud that my hometown, the Bronx or 'the Boogie-Down Bronx' is being represented as well via Hip Hop and Rap which was born there. Here are some of my own tweets and that of others. Even some priests and Catholic news agencies joined in on the fun. Enjoy:
"I love it when you call me big Papa, throw your hands in the air trust God don't despair." #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/hbHF6u0DPA— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) November 30, 2015
Sacerdotus rap. Blast from the past. Days in the Bronx at St. Dominic's freestyling with youth. :) #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/5iqlObcZHF— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) November 30, 2015
#PopeBars I like it when you call me Big Papal (Throw your hands in the air, if youse a true pray-er) pic.twitter.com/tBiEUXCFMx— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) November 30, 2015
Small-time atheist, fall back with your evil, God's in my squad, and my crib's a cathedral #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/Oqfc5BPilr— M. Salinas (@okMute) November 30, 2015
when I drop rhymes other rappers better pray. gonna cross these dudes out like it's Ash Wednesday #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/2DIzRDLDnM— christina dillon (@ChristinaD23) November 30, 2015
His Psalms are sweaty, prayers weak, mitre is heavy There's sweat on his chasuble already, God's confetti #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/E7xE9Wz7kk— Ｍ ﾑ 乙 Ｍ 乇 d 乇 ﾑ (@MazMEDEA) November 30, 2015
The Pope Holding The Mic Like A Rapper Has Bi: #PopeBars Takes Over Twitter The Pope is one of the most rever... https://t.co/9RSs6rtR7U— * (@iPROMO808) November 30, 2015
Catholic Extension’s helpin’ people achieve piety/ Bet you didn’t know that they’re a papal society #PopeBars pic.twitter.com/Mv0piIXJZj— Catholic Extension (@CathExtension) November 30, 2015
...I ride a Popemobile that seats three, cus I'm a Mary-lovin' P-O-P-E! Ha. (2/2) #PopeBars— Fr Matthew Jolley (@FrMattJ) November 30, 2015
"Throw your hands in air, if your down for true prayer!" https://t.co/fqCxAP0pNp https://t.co/BsehbDDJSK— Henry C. Howell (@Dogsdaily1C) November 30, 2015
LOVING these #PopeBars! Made me smile and MADE my day.....— Petra E. Lewis (@TastemistressP) November 30, 2015