learn english online with online english learning - advanced english listening comprehension

learn english online with online english learning - advanced english listening comprehension

1. Listen to the text and fill in the blanks.

Advanced English Listening Comprehension – Press the play button to listen

 

 

There were different predictions about who will …………………. the place of Pope Benedict XVI, who was the first Pope in recent history to abdicate. During their meeting in Rome on Wednesday, the cardinals ………………………. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the former Argentine cardinal, as a ………… of the Catholic church.
The first Latin American and also Jesuit pope declared that he wants “a poor Church, for the poor”. He explained that he …………………………….. Francis after St Francis of Assisi, who lived in the 12-13th century and was known for his devotion to the poor. His decision to take the name …………………… by the cardinal from Brazil, who whispered to him “Don’t forget the poor!” when his election as a Pope was announced.
There were, however, some other suggestions for a name, such as Clement XV, or Adrian. Clement XIV was the pontiff who suppressed the Jesuits, and Adrian VI was the ……………………………………. determined to fight corruption and abuse of power within the Catholic church.
So far the new pontiff has made a good impression with the media. He is perceived as warm and humble, with a remarkable ………………………… For example, the head of 1.2bn Catholics has declined the official papal car to take him from the Sistine chapel, and ……………………. with the other cardinals, instead. He has also ignored protocol by choosing not to sit on an elevated platform.

2. Mark the statements T for true and F for false.

  1. The new pontiff will be called Francis.
  2. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from Argentina and is 67 years old.
  3. Pope Francis isn’t a Jesuit.
  4. St Francis of Assisi was known to be very poor.
  5. There are 1.2 bn Roman Catholics in Rome.
  6. Adrian XXV was the Pope determined to fight corruption.

3. Match the word with its definition.

Llisten to the English Vocabulary –
pontiff – having great love for sth and being loyal to it
cardinal – a member of the Society of Jesus
Latin America – a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church
devoted – to put an end to, often by force
Jesuit – the parts of central and South America in which Spanish or Portuguese is the main language
suppress – the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope
corruption – dishonest or illegal behavior
impression – a small building or room used for Christian worship
chapel – an idea or a feeling that you get about something

4. Put the words in order to make a sentence.

Pope/ a/ their/ Wednesday/ meeting/ during/ cardinals/ on/ chose/ new/ the/
was/ Pope/ the/ Benedict/ resign/ history/ first/ recent/ pope/ to/ in/
first/ Latin/ the/ American/ chose/ the/ Pope/ name/ Francis/
will/ new/ face/ the/ many/ Pope/ challenges/
name/ were/ Clement/ and/ Adrian/ other/ for/ options/ a/
denied/ Pope/ official/ Francis/ the/ car/ papal/

Advanced English Listening Comprehension – Answer Sheet

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