Dear Lord, Please Smite My Opponent. Amen

This Sunday, Pope John Paul II will name St. Thomas More the patron saint of politicians. His Holiness has canonized or beatified 1,441 people, and it seems the church is on a mission to make sure no prayer goes unanswered. Other saints named as patrons under his papacy:

ST. JOHN OF CAPISTRANO Patron Saint of Military Chaplains John was a lawyer and a politician who also served in the military, fighting in the Siege of Belgrade and delivering Europe from the Turks.

ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE Patron Saint of the Internet Isidore, an education fanatic and voluminous writer, is also...

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