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Prayers Answered?

by JT

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In today's National Post[1], the headline over an article on the Pope's health read:

PRAYERS ANSWERED
AS POPE RECOVERING

Here's a fearless prediction, using precisely none of my non-existent psychic powers: when this frail old man dies, as inevitably he will, the headline over the story will not say:[2]

PRAYERS GO UNANSWERED
AS AILING POPE DIES

Footnote:

  1. National Post, Page A10, Thursday February 3, 2005
  2. A somewhat different version of the above was sent in to the National Post as a letter to the editor. It was published on page A11 Friday February 4, 2005 as follows
    • Pope Headlines
      Scanning the headlines, I notice the Post prominently attributed the Pope's recovery to "Prayers Answered." I take it that when this frail old man dies, you will headline it "Prayers Go Unanswered."
      John Tyrrell
      Medicine Hat, Alta
updated 4 February 2005