It seems that most good jokes tend to offend at least somebody. Why is it in our nature to laugh at the misery or failure of others? This goes all the way back to when we were kids and laughed at someone slipping on a banana peel or when the anvil fell on the coyote instead of the roadrunner.

So, what if you had to tell a joke to someone of prominence... let’s say the president, your pastor or perhaps the Pope. What kind of a joke would you come up with? If you are so inclined, you now have your chance to ‘joke with the pope'.

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There’s a new online campaign and website called JokeWithThePope.org. Anyone, including non-Catholics, will now have their opportunity to post a written joke or upload a short video telling a joke to the Pope.  It’s part of a contest to help raise money for various charities and causes (homelessness, world hunger, etc.) that are supported by the Catholic Church. Entries must be received by October 2nd with an overall winner selected by October 5th.

Pope Francis is said to have a really good sense of humor and enjoys a good laugh. He even has said that God longs for the world to be happy. While religious jokes and even jokes about the Pope are welcome, contestants are still advised to keep it clean and respectful. In other words, don’t submit a joke that you wouldn’t say directly to the Pope himself.

Which reminds me… a rabbi, a minister and the Pope walk into a bar and the bartender looks up and says, “What is this? A joke?”