On the blog of Italian journalist Luigi Accattoli there is an amusing short piece… in my translation:
"Mens sana in corpore Benedetto" is the goliardic title which the daily Liberal gave yesterday to one of my articles on the Pope’s physical and mental agility.
The main subject I took was the exchange of jokes with Cardinal Ruini one evening when there was a game between Italy and Holland in the European Championship and the Pope had to open a conference of the Diocese of Rome in the Basilica of St. John Lateran:
"Are there any people here?", Benedict asked as he got out of the car in the courtyard of the Vicariate.
"The Basilica is full", the Cardinal responded.
"But isn’t this first game of the Italian team for the European Championship?"
"They came all the same, Holiness."
"They are going to miss at least the first half", the Pope replied, looking at his watch.
For the whole article.