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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All politics is local. - Thomas P O'Neil

All politics is applesauce. - Will Rogers

Politics is an inexact science. - Otto von Bismarck

Good government is good politics. - Richard J. Daley

Politics makes strange red-fellows. - Will Rogers

Politics have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli

I am not a politician, but a soldier. - Idi Amin

Under every stone lurks a politician. - Aristophanes

The gun is not out of Irish politics. - Ian Paisley

Crime does not pay as well as politics. - Alfred E. Newman

In politics an absurdity is not a handicap. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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From politics, it was an easy step to silence. - Jane Austen

There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter. - Gordon B. Hinckley

Government is an endless pursuit of new ways to tax. - Unknown

Most bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. - Otto von Bismarck

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity. - Albert Einstein

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook. - Harry S Truman

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. - Janine di Giovanni

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules - politics has no rules. - Ross Perot

World War II was the last government program that really worked. - George Will

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions. - Ted Koppei

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. - Reinhold Niebuhr

The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I'd be honest. - Rodney Dangerfield

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. - Simon Cameron

I have great respect for the Pope. I like the Pope. I actually like him. - Donald Trump

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. - Will Rogers

Government of the people, by the people, and for the pursuit of happiness. - Archie Bunker

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. - P.J. O'Rourke

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The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. - Will Rogers

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. - Theodore White

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I love Canada. I am from Canada. I will bash the Canadian government but never Canada. - Jason Priestley

I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale. - Robert H. Schuller

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In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. - Margaret Thatcher

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. - George Carlin

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. - Doug Larson

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So, if we lie to the government, it's a felony.
But if they lie to us, it's politics. - Bill Murray

Large, naked, raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who live in hutches awaiting Easter. - Fran Lebowitz

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented. - Molly Ivins

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

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. - Unknown

Politics, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. - Richard Armour

Ex-Presidents of the United States get state subsidies. Not so in Russia. You get no government support. - Mikhail Gorbachev

I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I would gladly eat a network executive or a politician. - Marty Feldman

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. - Pericles (430 B.C.)

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. - Thurgood Marshall

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are. - Cal Thomas

It's especially hard if the government is not providing services, or is even conducting ethnic cleansing against you. - Paul Harvey

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. - Groucho Marx

In Mexico, an air-conditioner is called a "politician" because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well. - Len Deighton

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. - John W. Gardner

The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough? - Joe Wurzelbacher

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. - Carl Sandburg

NEED now means wanting someone else's money. GREED means wanting to keep your own. COMPASSION is when a politician arranges the transfer. - Joseph Sobran

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. - Will Rogers

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. - Paul Harvey

Our ancestors believed in magic, prayers, trickery, browbeating and bullying. I think it would be fair to sum that up as 'Irish politics'. - Flann O'Brien

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it. - Edward I Kock


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09-Dec-2019