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Pope Kicks Environmental Ass in “Trailer” for New Climate Encyclical

In this satirical video, a Pope Francis lookalike prepares for the ecological fight of his life.

Photo by Benhur Arcayan via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis is a complicated man—our current pontiff is a pizza-loving advocate for the poor, an honorary Harlem Globetrotter, and a champion of the environment. Now, the Catholic Church’s supreme overlord is also a kickboxing action hero in a “trailer” for his just-leaked climate encyclical letter, a 192-page document outlining new church positions on climate change. The tongue-in-cheek video, made by Brazilian environmental group Observatorio do Clima, shows the papal crusader fighting evil supervillain oil executives for the very fate of planet Earth. A pope look-alike spouts action catchphrases (“time to take out the trash”), swings his papal ferula like a ninja sword, and trains in an old fighting gym with the holy boxing coach, one Jesus Christ.

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Priest Who Takes Confession via Snapchat Pisses Off the Archbishop

The Archbishop says confession must be performed face-to-face.

Photo by Flickr user Maurizio Pesce.

A super hip Catholic priest in San Antonio has been hearing confessions through a little-known phone app called SnapChat, which we hear is pretty popular with the youth these days. Father David, whose SnapChat handle is @priestDavid, says the app is ideal for recieving confessions because it protects anonymity and the confessions disappear into the digital-ether once heard and/or viewed.

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Happy birthday, Mr. Pope! Thousands of people danced the tango in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate the Pope’s 78th birthday. The Argentinean ballroom dance is reportedly one of Pope Francis’ favorite.

“He’s Argentinian and he danced the tango when he was young, “ one dancer told AFP news agency. “It all started in September as a sort of joke but built up a following on Facebook, and from five, 10, 15 people there are now 10,000 followers."

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