The Duchess of Muanenguba————————Samira Edi
The cosy frisson that has existed between the 2 cohabiting Catholic Popes may be about to be shattered and the Vatican at the cusp of a huge schism. Like 2 polite mbanya's secretly competing for the affections of the same spouse, the world cup may cause a papal pandemonium. There's a risk of exposing an underlying rivalry between the 2 representatives of St Peter's at the Vatican; the previous occupant and Emeritus from Germany defender Pope Benedict XVI and the current occupier and Incumbent striker for Argentina Pope Francis. With their respective countries of birth Germany and Argentina vying for the coveted title of world champions, it is expected that each will be praying for his country to win, with the firm assurance that each has god on his side. Outwardly they're expected to show a united front and be the epitome of fair-play and honesty and generosity. However, there is more than the heartache and national pride at stake here. Whoever's side wins; the Argentinian or or the German will carry the day, winning a champion's prize more coveted than a world football title. He will get an absurd recognition as the spiritually superior pope whose prayers are answered and vindicated as the "blessed and highly favoured" one.
As each team is poised for the big finale, the fans are putting all their eggs in different baskets; the skills of players, the fairness of the referees and above all the respective papal spiritual entreaties in support of their teams. The big question posed by prayer skeptics is this; whose pope's prayers will go unanswered this time in a big way? Will they ever live down the rash of humiliation and mockery from the camp of atheists, agnostics, anti-theists and even other rival religions? Will failure mean that whoever lost lacked the spiritual nous of his rival, or the ultimate confirmation of the pointless exercise that is prayers?
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