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Judo's Priest?
Judo's Priest?
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"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe ..." Father Bertrand, a Catholic priest and expert in martial arts, must have long meditated on this quote from Luke (11:21). And on Friday morning, the 48-year-old cleric finally had a chance to live the gospel.

Father Bertrand was woken by noises from his chapel residence in Drancy, a suburb east of Paris, and found himself face-to-face with a burglar, who attacked him and broke a glass bottle over his head, Le Point reports. The robber couldn't have expected that before he'd entered the priesthood, Father Bertrand had been a trained judo master.

Police arrived quickly, fearing the worst after two ISIS terrorists killed a priest in a church in Normandy in late July. But when they reached the church, the priest had the 45-year-old assailant firmly in control. Father Bertrand "used some well-chosen holds that immobilized him on the ground," a town official told journalists. Amen and ippon to that.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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