Pope Francis on a Possible Assassination Attempt: “I’m a Wimp When It Comes to Pain!”

If terrorists make good on their threat to attack Pope Francis, the pontiff says he hopes it won't hurt too much.  "I have said to the Lord: take care of me," the pope said in an interview with La Carcova News, a Buenos Aires news magazine. "...But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favor:  that they don't hurt me.  Because I'm a real wimp when it comes to physical pain." The story was told in The Tablet, which reiterated the concerns expressed by m … [Read more...]

Leaning Tower of Pizza? Romans Get a Laugh at ISIS’ Expense

We Are Coming - Tower of Pizza

Radicals from the Islamic State (ISIS) have threatened to overthrow Rome and toss homosexuals from the Leaning Tower of Pizza.Apparently, the Islamists don't realize that the tower in question is actually in the Italian town of Pisa, and that there is no food involved.  The Italians, though, have taken the slip-up as an opportunity to mock ISIS over on Twitter, with great memes like this:Some, like Guido Tresoldi, noted that they had also enjoyed too much pizza, and that there had … [Read more...]

First Yahweh, Now Allah: The Elevation and Politicization of God’s Name

Malaysian Christians have long used the name "Allah" when they speak of God.  No more, though--on January 21, Malaysia's Federal Court ruled that a weekly Catholic newspaper may no longer use the word "Allah" to refer to God.  Muslims have been unhappy--according to Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia--because the word "Allah" was used to refer to a non-Muslim God.An eight-year dispute between the Malaysian government and the Roman Catholic Ar … [Read more...]