A vial containing blood drawn from Pope John Paul II shortly before he died will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification this year.
Not that we’re a death cult or anything…
After John Paul’s death, some Polish officials said they hoped his heart would be removed from his body and returned to his homeland for burial.
Because, you know, that wouldn’t attract nearly so many vampires.
Robert Bentley, the new Republican governor of Alabama, delivered an oddly exclusionary message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Birmingham News (via Political Wire) reports:
”I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor … I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind.”…
Bentley added, ”Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”
Because jeez, you have to draw the line somewhere!
This is Somerset.
Four monks have been investigated over claims they sexually assaulted pupils at a respected Roman Catholic boarding school, it emerged yesterday.
The allegations – some going back 25 years – involve a group of monks from Downside Abbey, which runs £25,000-a-year Downside School in Somerset.
One has been arrested, but no charges have yet been brought.
Vatican officials told the bishops of Ireland in 1997 that they had serious reservations about the bishops’ policy of mandatory reporting of priests suspected of child abuse to the police or civil authorities.
The document appears to contradict Vatican claims that church leaders in Rome never sought to control the actions of local bishops in abuse cases, and that the Roman Catholic Church did not impede criminal investigations of child abuse suspects.
Millions of Indonesian owners of BlackBerry smartphones will have access to pornographic material severely limited after the manufacturer of the phones agreed to government demands to filter the content.
Sinner = somebody having more fun than you are.