In case you've been living inside a cave, the big news out of this past week is that Pope Benedict plans to step down at the end of the month, citing health reasons, making him the first Pope ever to give up being Pope for Lent. Also, if you've been living inside a cave, how do you have the Internet?
This is disappointing. I took Latin in high school and German in college so, there for a minute, I thought my entire life had been spent grooming me for an audience with this specific pontiff. Not anymore! There's no way I can get to Vatican City by the end of February. Do you have any idea how much last minute airfare to Rome costs? Me neither, because I'm not even committed enough to this bit to Orbitz it.
I don't think God was too happy with the decision either, because lightning struck the Vatican just hours after the announcement. And that's not a bit--that actually happened.
Speaking of atmospheric phenomenon that could be interpreted as divine retribution for our many sins, did you happen to catch that meteor that exploded over Russia, injuring an estimated 1000 people? Because apparently living in Russia isn't already punishment enough.
Finally, if you're a fan of synergistic cross-promotion (and who isn't???), you'll be happy to hear I also addressed the Pope's announcement in the bi-weekly webcomic I write, Squid Pro Crow. You can check out that installment here: http://www.squidprocrow.com/2013/02/15/popeful/.