Posted by Rolf Duselldorf from host-148-244-221-29.block.alestra.net.mx (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, August 01, 2002 at 7:22PM :
A frantic search for the frail and ailing pontiff, who´d been reported missing from the grand suite of the Hilton Hotel here, ended happily when the leader of the Catholic Church was found asleep in a hamper in the basement laundry facility. One of the chambermaids had mistakenly tossed the 104 year old Pontiff into her sack of bedsheets and towels during the daily cleaning of the Papal Suite.
The Pope, ever genial, blessed several towels and blankets before being hustled off to his rooms.
Carmelita Andrade, who was in charge of the day shift at the hotel was disconsolate and police were forced to take her to hospital for fear she would do some mischief to herself.
¨Ay, Dios mio¨ she was heard to exclaim...he looked so much like old laundry...how could we know¨?
Vatican officials vowed to be more dilligent in the future, saying for the rest of the Pontiff´s grand tour they would try to make him look less like a pile of old laundry.
-- Rolf Duselldorf
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