Pope confesses he sometimes seeks shut-eye while praying

Praying is boring and Pope Francis is sparing us some of the Catholic guilt for dozing off while prostrating ourselves before God.

The Pope admitted to occasionally sleeping on the job while he prays.

“When I go to pray, a few times I fall asleep,” he said during an interview for TV2000 published Tuesday. Pope Francis also cited St. Therese’s belief that God appreciates it when people fall asleep while praying.

The Guardian reports His Holiness gets around seven hours of sleep each night, along with a nap after lunch.

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Pope on Trump: "a person who thinks only about building walls… is not Christian"

Pope Francis, according to ABC News, suggested that U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is "not Christian" due to his building of symbolic walls rather than bridges.

The pope's strong dismissal of Trump was in response to measures Trump has proposed on the campaign trail, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S.

When asked by a reporter, "Can a good Catholic vote for this man?" Francis responded by saying, "Thank God he said I was a politician, because Aristotle defined the human person as 'animal politicus.' So at least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn -- well, maybe, I don't know. I'll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people… And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.

It's not quite as if he said, as some have reported, that Trump was not a Christian. But if ever it was obvious to all that Trump believes in little beyond his own vanity, look who it took to say it almost-plainly.

Update: This is purportedly Trump's response, but I'm genuinely confused about what reality is at this point. Read the rest

Pope met with Kim Davis, urged homophobic Kentucky clerk to “stay strong”

Where is your Cool Pope now, America? His PR game is undoubtedly on fleek, but he's still beholden to the same homophobic crap we know and love from the Catholic Church, the world's most powerful supporter of impunity for priestly pedophiles.

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This is what happens to mailboxes when the Pope comes to town

Apparently the Pope, or one of his attachés, likes to put popsicles in mailboxes when they roll into town. The D.C. Post Office was prepared. [via] Read the rest

Pope "plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit"

The United Nations declared coca leaves an illegal substance in 1961, but Pope Francis told the government of Bolvia to break out the leaves when he arrives for a visit later this month - he plans to chew them. Coca leaves, which are the raw ingredient of cocaine, are legal in Bolivia for religious and medicinal purposes. It has mild stimulant qualities.

Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao says visiting dignitaries are usually offered coca tea, but when he contacted the Vatican to discuss the tradition, the pontiff had "specifically requested" to chew coca leaves.

"We will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf," Mr Machicao said.

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