What happened next was unprecedented even for a pope known for shaking things up.
Rising from the folding chair that has replaced the papal dining room chair since the beginning of September, Francis sang out: "It's a nice day for a white wedding," and begin laughing. Then he playfully sang Billy Idol's 1982 hit, "White Wedding." Francis flashed his trademark smile as he substituted some lyrics, such as singing "Hey little sister, I don't care what you've done." A clearly exhausted, but happy pontiff returned to his chair to heavy applause.
People Can Live Without Brains
Doctors in China made a shocking discovery when a 24 year old woman reported to the emergency room feeling dizzy. Her entire cerebellum -- a section of the brain normally necessary for life -- was completely missing, leaving -- literally -- a large hole in her brain.
She joins a small group of people known to be missing part, or in rare cases, almost all of their brains. Yet somehow, these people manage to live normal lives. In fact, there is no way of knowing how many people comprise this group, since the condition is only disclosed by brain imaging.
In other news, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick uttered the Muslim prayer "In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate," at a conference organized by the Muslim Public Affairs Council on September 10. The Cardinal said that Catholic social teaching was identical to the Prophet Mohammed's ("peace be upon him," the Cardinal added).
[Bear: perhaps the old fellow, just wants a religion he can kneel in.]
In related news, President Obama said that the terrorist Islamic State known as ISIS is "not Islamic." The Washington Post cited a Gallup poll from 2010 indicating Protestants are far more likely to support terrorism than Muslims, who had "promised to be completely honest with us, because, seriously, why would they lie?" according to Gallup.
[Bear: that would explain all those beheadings in the South we've been reading about.]