While Republicans were the butt of most late night comic humor last year, now that President Barack Obama is re-elected, those comics have turned most of their attention to the president. New York mayoral candidate and famed "sexter" Anthony Weiner had the second most late night jokes in the first half of 2013.
Obama was joked about in 288 monologues on late night television, over twice as many as Weiner, who came in second with 120 jokes, according to a Center for Media and Public Affairs study on late night jokes between January 1 and June 30.
Pope Benedict XVI closely followed Weiner with 112 jokes. Vice President Joe Biden was a distant fourth place with 88 jokes. The only Republicans in the top 10 were former President George W. Bush (84 jokes) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (71 jokes) in fifth and sixth place, respectively. more >>
Former Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has said in an interview Wednesday that Pope Francis' recent comments regarding homosexuality, made earlier this week following Brazil's World Youth Day, were taken out of context by mainstream media.
Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic, argues that the Pope's comments regarding homosexuality, made aboard the papal airplane on Monday, were taken out of context, as the pontiff was answering a question regarding an alleged "gay lobby" within the Vatican, and was not speaking directly about homosexuality itself.
"I've read the whole transcript, and what he said early on was that 'I don't know anybody who puts gay on their identification card.' He said it in that context," Santorum told Buzzfeed in an interview on Wednesday evening. more >>
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York recently clarified that Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church still consider homosexuality wrong.
Dolan, who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told 'CBS This Morning' that the remarks were about accepting homosexuals without accepting homosexual behavior.
"Pope Francis would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching. My job is to present it as clearly as possible'," said Dolan on Tuesday. "While certain acts may be wrong...we will always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity." more >>
After Pope Francis reiterated what the Catholic Church teaches about how gays should be treated, some in the media reported that his words suggested a more liberal direction for the Church.
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis told reporters in a informal interview.
While that was the most quoted line from the interview, what he said immediately afterward was cited less often: "The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn't this [homosexual] orientation – we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby." more >>
Pope Francis arrived in Brazil on Monday, ahead of World Youth Day events where as many as 2.5 million people are expected to participate. The Roman Catholic Church's leader began his first trip abroad with an open-air drive through Rio Janeiro's historic center.
"It's so exciting to see the pope in our country," said Antonio Dantas, a 24-year-old seminary student from northeastern Brazil, as reported by Bloomberg. "I hope he brings a message of peace to all of us who make up the Catholic religion, but also people of other religions."
Pope Francis' visit takes the initial enthusiasm expressed by Latin Americans about having the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years to the next level. He is visiting the world's most Catholic region. His visit occurs on the first World Youth Day to be held in Latin America since the first World Youth Day, which was held in Latin America 26 years ago, according to Vatican Radio. more >>
Pope Francis and Roman Catholics around the world are mourning the death of a member of the Paris World Youth Day pilgrims who died in a road accident in French Guiana earlier this week.
"With all his heart, Pope Francis shares the pain of her family, the group leaders and organizers," read a message signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.
Sophie Moriniere, 21, was a popular member of the youth group from Paris' St. Leo Parish, according to a message from the Archdiocese of Paris. She was apparently serving as a correspondent for the archdiocesan-run Notre Dame Radio and was one of the 23 people who had traveled to French Guiana, to set out for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for World Youth Day events in July 23-28. more >>