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How To Make Pope Smoke And Other Interesting Cardinal Stories

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With all of the Pope-citement over the last few weeks, I have been surfing the internet to find out more about some of the Cardinals, and came across a few interesting articles.  The first is about a Cardinal from South Africa that thinks that pedophilia is not a crime, and second story is about the methods the cardinals use to make the “pope” smoke!

First:  During an interview, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban told BBC Raido that pedophilia was a “disorder” that needed to be treated.  He said:  “From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It’s not a criminal condition, it’s an illness.”  I find this opinion to be quite disturbing.

The second story that I found interesting, and much less controversial, is about the smoke used to signal a new pope.  This article gives an explanation on how the smoke is made by mixing certain chemicals and putting them into a cartridge.  I find this to be quite interesting, because of my love for science and things that can be proven!

(Via Mentalfloss and Reuters)

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