In a rare public moment out of character, Stephen Colbert told students at the Jesuit Fordham University in New York City that he loves the Roman Catholic Church no matter its flaws.
The host of "The Colbert Report" talked about his faith in a discussion on Friday on humor and spirituality with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. James Martin, author of "Between Heaven and Mirth" and the official chaplain of Colbert's show.
Colbert, who has taught Sunday school classes to school-age children, said people in comedy often don't understand how he could remain Catholic. But he said he views the church as teaching joy, which he called the "infallible sign of the presence of God."
"I love my church -- warts and all," he told an audience of about 3,000 cheering students, who posted his quotes on Twitter.
Colbert said people in comedy often make jokes at the expense of religion, but he makes jokes about what he called people's misuse of religion in politics and other arenas. Still, he said, "If Jesus doesn't have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble."
Colbert, by the way, will be a guest host on ABC's "Good Morning America." Host Robin Roberts is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant this week.Court to rule today on topless photo case
A French court was asked on Monday to halt further publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife, Kate. After hearing arguments by lawyers for the British royal couple and for the popular French gossip magazine Closer, the court said it will rule at noon on Tuesday. The royal request was made after Closer printed 14 pictures of the partially clad Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, in its pages last week.
On Monday, the Italian gossip magazine Chi -- like Closer owned by Mondadori, the Italian publishing house owned by former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi -- published a 26-page spread of photos of Kate without her swimsuit top. An Irish tabloid published more Kate topless photos over the weekend, drawing a vow from Ireland's justice minister to revise privacy laws there.
150 YEARS LATER: The anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Antietam was marked Monday with cannon fire, patriotic music and reflection on the bloodiest day of combat on U.S. soil. Pentagon brass and National Park Service officials joined Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson at a commemoration ceremony on the Maryland battlefield. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or missing at Antietam. The battle was inconclusive though Confederate forces retreated to Virginia the day after the battle. McPherson said President Abraham Lincoln considered that a sign of divine approval for preserving the Union and freeing the slaves.
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