as celebrities go, they don’t get much more famous than the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, the pope is so great a figure of universal worship and love that the British comedy film The Pope Must Die had to have its title changed to The Pope Must Diet for its U.S. release for fear of causing offense to a huge Roman Catholic community.1 Or, at least, more offense than insinuating that the pope was overweight.
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