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Online contest asks people to share a joke with the pope

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan tries his hand at making the Pope laugh. (CBS NEWS) Cardinal Timothy Dolan tries his hand at making the Pope laugh. (CBS NEWS)
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A website is helping people test out their humor by submitting a funny joke or story for the chance to meet the Pope while donating to charity.

After clicking on jokewiththepope.org, you can choose one of three charities to support. They are located in Argentina, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

The "Joke With the Pope" campaign was the brainchild of Father Andrew Small with Pontifical Mission Societies.  

“You can make a donation. We're sort of always asking for money, so why don't you donate a joke...donate a piece of humor to the holy father's charities,” Small said. “That way it's a bit more of an off beat way of getting into what the church is doing around the world."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has even submitted a story about when he was Arch Bishop in Milwaukee and  he met with Pope John Paul II.  

"Holy Father, The Arch Dioese is growing. It’s getter bigger and bigger and he stopped me and he looked at me and said 'so is it's arch Bishop,” Dolan said. “And I thought ‘oh great...now I have an infallible statement that I'm fat.’ He laughed. I didn't. I hope you do."

The contest winner will be given the title "honorary comedic adviser to the Pope", and $10,000 will be donated to their chosen charity.

For more information, click here.

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