|HOLY ACT: Papal leader passes the white feather to Frank.|
By Jone Baledrokadroka
Being a third generation Roman Catholic I can vouch that some of the most hilarious ‘Pope jokes’ are heard from within the church and are usually about taking the mickey out of ourselves.
As an old boy of both boys’ colleges; Marist and De La Salle Brothers, I still have a ripper of a collection and unleash them at old boys get-to -gethers for laughs.
With the Fiji Marist Old Boys (MOB) volleyball team due in Canberra this week for the annual national Good Neighbours Tournament, MOB Canberra is gearing up to host our fellow Kai Vitis and no doubt there will be many a tall tale.
Anyway, one Easter Sunday morning as half a million of the faithful packed St Peters Square, at the Vatican to worship with the head of the World’s largest Christian denomination on this the most holiest of Christian feast days, a Cardinal dressed in the obvious scarlet red robes and hat appeared to announce to the astonished faithfuls that the Pope had just suffered a heart attack and had to undergo immediate heart surgery.
As the Vatican clergy and staff prayed that early Easter morning within St Peters Basilica for the Pope’s life, the Arch Angel Gabriel appeared before them.
The leader of the legion of angels in heaven had brought a message from the throne on high that the Pope would surely die unless one of the half a million gathered within the square immediately gave his heart in transplant for the holy father to survive!
The Cardinal then astoundingly announced from the balcony of the Holy palace , that according to Angel Gabriel, a white feather (which he held high between his fingers) was to be dropped by the Cardinal onto the square full of faithful Catholics. The faithful whose head the feather fell on, would be the one chosen from heaven to sacrifice his heart and life for the Holy Father.
As the white feather was released by the Cardinal, the TV cameras set up to cover the Easter celebration Mass zoomed in on a bizarre scene .... the white feather was blown out of St Peter’s square as half a million Roman Catholics huffed and puffed at the top of their lungs!
As the China sojourn by our beloved dictator comes to an end, half a million Fijians may well be heaving a similar huge sigh of relief.