Dying Pope’s Last Request

Last rights taken between two friends


Unknown to most Canadians, as Pope John Paul II was dying, he sent a message to the present Canadian Prime Minister (Paul Martin), and the past Prime Minister (Jean Chretien), to come to his home in the Vatican.

When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the clergyman held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed. The Pope grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything. Both Martin and Chretien were touched and flattered that the old Pope would ask them to be with him during his final moment.

They were also puzzled though because the Pope had never given any indication that he particularly liked either one of them. Finally, Chretien asked, “Odder, what for did you hask de two of huss to come ’ere?”

The old Pope mustered up some strength, then said weakly, “Jesus died between two thieves, and that’s how I want to go as well.”


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Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not. - William Shakespeare

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