The peoples' Pope: First he drops the F bomb and now he admits stealing from the casket of a corpse! »
I suppose it's better than a molestation scandal.. but things just seem weird when a Pope admits stealing from a corpse.
The Papal robbery made news yesterday--but the fact he said the F word in Italian overshadowed the thievery..
When the priest died, Francis went to pray by his open casket and was stunned that no one had brought any flowers.
`'This man forgave the sins of all the priests of Buenos Aires, but not a single flower ...?" Francis recalled. So he went out and bought a bouquet of roses, and when he returned to arrange them around the casket, he saw the rosary the priest still held in his hand.
"And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it," he said, showing with his hands how he pulled the cross off the rosary. "And in that moment I looked at him and I said `Give me half your mercy.'"
Francis said he kept the cross in his shirt pocket for years, but that the cassock he wears now as pope doesn't have a pocket. He now keeps it in a little pouch underneath.