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Coup de Grace

By Stephen Dedman
Mar 28, 2021 · 4,198 words · 16 minutes

Taken from the top of the Vatican, on a vacation in Rome. I was blown away by the history, beauty, and majesty of this city, and this image captures all of these characteristics well.

Photo by Caleb Miller via Unsplash.

From the author: Maybe electing a young Pope with a sense of humour was a mistake. Then again, maybe not.


by Stephen Dedman

While many considered it would be a mistake to elect a Pope with a sense of humour, all the cardinals agreed that he would need to be a young, healthy man fluent in English. The Canadian candidate also seemed likely to appeal to a public that had become cynical after the sexual scandals, the financial scandals, and the outrage caused when the last pope had marked a visit to London by accepting petitions to beatify Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and...

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