The Pope Show
Last week we learned that The Sistine Chapel was closed to the public so that preparations for the election of a new pope could begin at the Vatican. Over the weekend, it was announced that TODAY was the day that the Papal Conclave would begin deliberations to select the next pope. In just a few hours, the Catholic cardinals of the world will be locked inside the Santa Marta residence until they can select the next pope. Some people believe that the next pope could be decided by the weekend so, very soon, all eyes will be on the smoke signals coming from the Papal Conclave for news of their progress (colored smoke means no pope has been chosen, white smoke means we have a winner). Whether or not you have a vested interest in the selection of the next pope you have to admit that something like this is extremely newsworthy and interesting. More »
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The Pope Show
Last month Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing that he would be stepping down as pope after only 8 years in office … becoming the first pope to quit his God-chosen position in almost 600 years. Just last week, Benedict officially left the office of pope (and rumors began to swirl as to why he quit his position) and the preparations for the selection of his successor got underway at the Vatican. As cardinals from around the globe made their way to Rome to participate in the conclave that will select the next pope, the final preparations began to be put into place. Today, the famed Sistine Chapel was closed to tourists so that the cardinals locked inside can begin the papal selection process. They will remain inside until a new pope is chosen … it’s game on, y’all. More »
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Earlier this month we learned that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become the first pope in almost 600 years to resign from office and today we are hearing some disturbing information as to why he has decided to do so. At the time of his resignation announcement, Benedict XVI claimed that advanced age is the reason he believes he can no longer carry on as pope. Today, new reports suggest that his resignation might’ve been inspired by something more nefarious. According to two different reports from two different highly-respected Italian newspapers, Benedict XVI is resigning as pope due to the growing sex scandal that gotten dangerously close to the Vatican. In order to avoid blackmail, these reports claim, Benedict XVI decided to throw in the towel and step down. Ugh. More »
Posted under: Pope Benedict XVI
The First Pope in almost 600 Years to Quit!
After almost 8 years in office, Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) has stunned the world with the announcement today that he is resigning his office and will step down as Pope on February 28, a little over 2 weeks from today. Citing his age and health, Pope Benedict is the first Pope to resign from office since 1415 … which makes his announcement all the more shocking. For the past 600 years, Popes have died in office but — for some reason — Pope Benedict maintains that he does not have the ability to carry on as the leader of the Catholic Church … so he quit. Click below to read the full text of Pope Benedict‘s resignation announcement … whether or not you are a religious person at all, you have to admit that this development is quite newsworthy. More »
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That-Ish-Cray of the Day
Ugh. I’m so annoyed that this news falls under today’s That-Ish-Cray Of The Day! Because otherwise the sub-heading was totally going to be “The British Are Coming.” Which is so much funnier than “That-Ish-Cray Of The Day“! But I gotta follow protocol, even when I have the greatest pun/overtly sexual American Revolutionary War reference ever. Speaking of Americans, apparently a lot of them are pissed off at The Damson Dene Hotel in England. This hotel’s owner committed the blasphemy to end all blasphemies when he decided to replace hotel nightstand staple The Gideon Bible, with that new ish, 50 Shades Of Grey. Deets inside!
Recently, a Philadelphia preacher attempted to organize a boycott against this song, calling it blasphemous and offensive to Christians everywhere. Amen is, indeed, a pretty blasphemous song (given the definition) but it’s a huge hit and the pastor may have made it an even bigger hip-hop anthem. Meek Mill features Drake on the track and they’ve just released a video. See and hear what all the controversy’s about inside.
The Land Of The Free?
Last time I checked, this is not what Jesus would do. Or any decent human being for that matter. But Pastor Terry Jones is the kind of guy who burns Qu’rans for fun, so we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he made a life-sized Barack Obama effigy and hung it outside of his church, The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Pastor Jones, you might wanna revisit that good ol’ New Testament sometime soon. You seem to have missed the heavy emphasis on “love,” along with a few other points.
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Guess The Pin-Wearer!
Here’s a hint: It’s not Billy Ray Cyrus.
Read on to have your social justice puzzle of the day solved…
Oh My Gawd!
Supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of W magazine and as you can see in the photos below, the coverphoto and accompanying photospread have a bit of a good girl/bad girl thing going on. The photos, shot by photographer Steven Klein, appear to be religious themed with a dichotomy being drawn between good and evil. But even in the “good” photos, you can see a bit of daring bad girl in the styling. Anytime anyone uses religious imagery in art there is bound to be some level of controversy … and maybe that is the point. Click below to see the good AND naughty side of Kate Moss in the new issue of W magazine. More »
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