Common Says Having Cardinal Peter Turkson As The 1st Black Pope Would Be “A Beautiful Thing”

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Rapper Common isn’t too beat up about the Pope calling it quits today — because it means the next leader of the Catholic Church … COULD BE BLACK!!!

Common was coming back from a workout session in L.A. … when our photog asked about the strong possibility Pope Benedict XVI‘s replacement could be a black cardinal from Ghana named Peter Turkson.

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In the age of a black President, Common tells us, electing a black Pope would be “a beautiful thing.

FYI — Pope Benedict XVI is the first Pope in nearly 600 years to call it quits … saying he’s too old at the age of 85 to continue doing the job.

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