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  1. Pope Francis Meets To-Scale Chocolate Replica Of Himself

    The bar for Valentine's Day has been raised.

    What do you get the Pope that has everything? World peace, or alternatively a giant chocolate replica of himself.

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  2. Adorable: The Pope Thinks He’s Beating Justin Bieber at Twitter

    In a sign that maybe the Vatican doesn't really understand this newfangled Twitter thing, they've announced that the Pope is beating Justin Bieber in the only category that counts: Retweets. If you're wondering how that statement can be true, don't bother, because it isn't. Don't worry, Pope, we're sure you're still beating Bieber in most giant hats. Probably.

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  3. Pope Benedict XVI Starts Tweeting, Doesn’t Quite Know What He’s Doing

    The entire Twitter community felt the holy vibes this morning when Pope Benedict XVI began tweeting in earnest on his once languid network profile. Within minutes, pious devotees, critics, and people who couldn't pass up the opportunity to crack a topical joke swarmed His Holiness' profile to communicate with Pope Benedict XVI directly. Tweeting under the moniker @Pontifex -- which is Latin for "bridge builder," but sounds more like the name of a dragon from Skyrim -- the Pope is dishing out the blessings and words of wisdom in 140 characters or less, but based on his tweets, it looks like there's a going to be a bit of a learning curve.

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  4. The Blues Brothers and Other Cool Things the Vatican Endorsed

    On the 30th anniversary of the 1980 musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers, The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano advised Catholics worldwide to watch the film. Developed from the two Saturday Night Live sketch characters played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers embark on "a mission from God" in the movie, to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from foreclosure. So retroactively topical! So it got us thinking, what other cool or geeky things have the Vatican been known to admit to liking? Hit the jump and find out.

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  5. The Catholic Church is Recruiting Through Facebook

    In the face of dwindling numbers of French priests and an international child abuse scandal that many feel has not been addressed strongly enough by the Vatican, the Catholic Church in France has created a Facebook page as a part of a two-week marketing campaign to "to attract young people to the priesthood." Maybe they should also spend some time preventing the opposite! Hey-oo - Er, sorry. We'll try to keep those sorts of things to a minimum.

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