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