The bells! The bells!

Look at the difference in these reports:

Emphases mine.

    Gerlie Anobong – AHN News Writer

    Vatican City (AHN) – A drunken, barefoot Frenchman was reportedly seized by the authorities after he managed to ring a bell in the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

    Reports said the man, believed to be homeless, entered St. Peter’s by climbing up scaffolding around the Arch of the Bells, which is undergoing restoration and reconditioning.

    Police say he was apprehended in a "state of confusion" and was handed over to the Italian officials after his initial arrest by Vatican guards.

And now….

Naked Frenchman Rings Vatican Bells
By Nick Pisa
Rome
Updated: 08:43, Thursday October 18, 2007

A naked, drunk Frenchman has managed to evade tight security to ring the bells of a Vatican building.

he unidentified man managed to climb scaffolding and get into the Arch of Bells, to the left of St Peter’s Basilica.

The Arch of Bells is currently being restored and is one of the official Vatican entrances always watched by Swiss Guards.

A Vatican spokesman said the man managed to ring the bells several times before being arrested.

He was then handed over to Italian authorities.

The spokesman said: "He appeared to be in a confused state and looked as if he had been sleeping rough."

 The bells!   The bells!

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9 Responses to The bells! The bells!

  1. Jon says:

    Where’s Esmeralda?

  2. One wonders whether the scripture scholars might be responsible for this discrepancy. I understand that critical opinion is that sometimes when the Old Testament refers to feet or uncovered feet, it’s supposed to be a polite way of referring to private parts and nakedness.

  3. danphunter1 says:

    Them wacky Frenchmen.

  4. RBrown says:

    In July 1991 there was a streaker in St Peter’s Square. He was apprehended by the police and led into the Libreria where he was charged exorbitant prices for DVD’s and Travel books.

  5. Dob says:

    Jon, I think she was suspended last week, something or other about hidden cameras..?????….:-)

  6. RBrown says:

    A Vatican spokesman said the man managed to ring the bells several times before being arrested.

    He was then handed over to Italian authorities.

    The spokesman said: “He appeared to be in a confused state and looked as if he had been sleeping rough.”

    Only respect for the episcopal office has prevented me from wondering whether the man is question was Msgr Piero Marini.

  7. danphunter1 says:

    RBrown,
    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!

  8. elizabeth mckernan says:

    Just goes to show how deceptive translations can be!!

  9. RBrown said: “In July 1991 there was a streaker in St Peter’s Square. He was apprehended by the police and led into the Libreria where he was charged exorbitant prices for DVD’s and Travel books.”

    LOL!

    Barefoot might be less accurate of the situation, but it would still be true. It is just failing to mention he was also bare-everything.

    See, this is why the Italians shouldn’t have so much scaffolding. Not only did it ruin some of my pictures of Saint Peters last month, but it apparently attracts drunken, naked Frenchmen.