Pedaling for the pope…
Fellow archbishops, we all know why we’re here. The Vatican entertainment budget is gone, and it’s only October.
So who has some good ideas for extremely cheap ways to entertain the pope? Yes, Most Reverend Lamar, you raised your hand?
Your Excellency, what about bringing in some “artists” to entertain His Holiness? Has that ever been done here at The Vatican?
Uh, let’s see, according to our records an artist named Michelangelo came here in 1508 and it worked out pretty well. But artists are expensive, Archbishop Lamar.
Not if you just get some bozo off the street and CALL him an artist. What does His Holiness really seem to like?
He enjoys sitting on the porch and watching bicycles go by. He always waves at the riders.
There you go! We bring in some bike rider, have him zip up and down the steps for the pope, and badda bing, badda boom, His Holiness is happy!
Magnifico! Fantastico! Archbishop Lamar, you are a genius! I hate to push it, but could this “artist” also give the pope a free hat?
I guess so. Do popes like free hats?
Well, it worked for that Michelangelo guy….
An artist performs in front of Pope Benedict XVI during his Wednesday general audience at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Benedict XVI wears a FINA cap during a special audience for competitors of the 13th FINA World Championships in his summer residence of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano