My Favorite John XXIII Quip

Asked how many people worked at the Vatican, St. John replied, “About half of them.”

Anyone who has worked for the Church knows how true this is. Our motto should be “employing the unemployable.” (And, yes, I’ll include myself among that group.)

Catholic News Service has a few Pope John jokes I hadn’t heard before. I liked this one:

When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.”


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