Dead Pope Forgives Junkies


Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic. They told a news conference in L'Aquila, east of Rome, that they found the fragment in the garage of two men who were detained for having stolen the reliquary last week.

Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole told the same news conference he had pieced together the reliquary and the cloth after police found them in bits on successive days. The recovered piece of fabric was missing just a few filaments of cloth and gold thread, he said.

"I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same," D'Ercole said of the men, believed by police to be drug addicts.

I don't know about that. My guess is that he would get his favourite henchman, Cardinal Ratzinger, to tie them to a comfy chair and poke them with soft cushions with extreme prejudice, faster than you can canonise a dead pontiff strictly for political reasons.

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