Good Red Wine in the Vatican

The Religion News Service reports that the Vatican has the highest per capita wine consumption in the world.

So that explains the photograph…

Remember Hilaire Belloc’s hilarious line:

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There’s always laughter and good red wine.
At least I’ve always found it so.
Benedicamus Domino!”

Meanwhile this article gives us the cheerful low down on why red wine is good for you.

Is red wine a cure-all? The notion could easily be dismissed as fantasy if not for numerous studies trumpeting its benefits. The latest: a study to be published in the journal “Cancer Cell International,” which suggests that red wine slows the spread of lung cancer. Tell us more of what we want to hear!

Co-author Evangelia Litsa Tsiani told us that her team examined the effects of red and white wine on six culture plates, which each contained millions of human lung cancer cells. The experiment was duplicated four times to ensure the results were not a fluke.

Tsiani said that the plates treated with wine demonstrated “60 percent inhibition” of the cells. Translation: the wine dramatically reduced cancer cell growth. The effect was much more pronounced with red wine than white (pass the Bordeaux).