Religion: Pope Misunderstood

The Pope last week was examining some plans for modernizing the papal summer palace at Castel Gandolfo in the hills back of Rome. Alterations will cost several million lire, much more than he now has to spend on such work. Uncomfortable though he is during Rome’s summer, he prefers personal inconvenience to diverting sums from his church projects. With such thoughts he casually remarked: “Our successor will look after the execution of this plan.”

His retainers thought that he meant he would die before Castel Gandolfo could be repaired and babbled a dismal malinterpretation. Papal well-wishers, mindful of his indisposition this summer, again flooded him with inquisitive telegrams.

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