Monday, October 04, 2010

Christian Drink!

When Arab traders brought coffee to Europe, the Catholic Church called it the "drink of infidels."

This, however, did not prevent the Venetian and French merchants to start a lucrative business of selling coffee which was becoming very popular drink.

The church, of course, was not happy.

Some considered coffee as a type of drug.

Finally, the rumors about this "evil drink" got to the Pope Clement VIII himself. He had to intervene.

Believers expected that Pope will prohibit the use of coffee. However, something entirely else happened.

Pope himself wanted to examine the bad effects of coffee and so he drank one cup. However, he was delighted with a tasty drink, and, in 1592, he blessed and sanctified the coffee beans. Thus, the coffee, even officially, became a Christian drink.

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