New book claims Pope whipped himself as penance

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
VATICAN CITY—Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book by the Polish prelate spearheading his sainthood case.

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Of course everyone will now be thinking about Dan Brown's albino monk...

Thanks to Erroll Treslan.