So the question and answer session was a great opportunity. However critics have said that the whole programme was sanitised, with the questions selected being gentle half trackers offering easy hits for the Pontiff back over the bowler's head. The pressure of the clock also meant that many questions put to the Pope had to be edited out of the final transmission. However, FB's media contacts in the Vatican have given him exclusive access to material edited out of the transmission but in which the Pope addresses some of those more challenging questions. Here is the transcript.
My child, close study of the holy word will tell you that there are many mysteries in the world and that each small event is part of a greater plan that our Lord has for us............but I tell you if it happened to me I'd be boiling, absolutely bloody raging and you'd have to pull me off the bloody umpire, that half-witted, three quarters-blind, totally deaf moron. I'd have him - he'd never put his bloody finger up again once I'd done with him. In fact it's unlikely he'd have any fingers to put any bloody where. Peace be with you.
Can a person watch the IPL all afternoon and still expect to enter heaven?
My son, to enter heaven you must exist in a state of grace.........but I tell you the IPL - it's the work of the Devil - a morally bankrupt slog fest in which only sinners could take any delight. For this Chris Gayle sells himself and prostitutes his great talent. If the bloody morons who invented it ever come near the Vatican, I'll have them, I'll bloody DLF maximum them, you bet, you just bloody watch and I'll make sure they'll never walk without a limp again. Only then can they be forgiven their sinful ways. May you go in peace.
When will Alistair Cook be canonised?
(and definitely not a DLF maximum)