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Donald Trump’s papal visit was mercifully brief but still historic — as Jimmy Kimmel put it, a “holy day, or maybe an a-holey day.”

In their brief conversation, the Holy Father tried to persuade the American president to take up the causes of the poor and the environment. “Unfortunately Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the Devil right now,” according to Kimmel, “and it has a no-trade clause…”

That may explain why photos of the Vatican meeting showed a glum Pontiff next to the grinning Trump — a contrast emphasized by rather different pictures of a smiling, happy pope with other world leaders, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. And then there’s what happened when Trump tried to hold the pope’s hand.

But the somber mood didn’t stop Fox News Channel from providing its usual spin. “If you were visiting from another planet and turned on Fox News,” snapped Kimmel,”you really wouldn’t know which was the holy one” —  because the Fox anchors spent so much time “slobbering” over Trump, described reverently as “a man of God.” It must be heard to be believed.

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