Mens sana in corpore Benedetto

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.

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  1. Thomas S says:

    I think this post got lost in the shuffle, Father. It’s too amusing not to have garnered a single post before mine.

  2. lucy says:

    What a warm, delightfully funny man he must be. Long live Papa Benedict !!

  3. Tim Ferguson says:

    Oh, but wait – this can’t be! Pope Benedict is locked in a bubble, or an ivory tower, and is completely out of touch with the common man. Everyone sitting around the lunch table at the local Catholic university says so, as does everyone on the editorial board of the NCR and the US Catholic. [/sarcasm]

  4. irishgirl says:

    That is so funny! I would have liked to have heard it in Italian!

    Who says our German Shepherd doesn’t have a sense of humor?

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