Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Secret Papal Outings

I love this story about Pope John Paul II taking "secret" outings to the mountains to go skiing with his aides.
The cardinal, who was Pope John Paul's personal secretary for 38 years, wrote that the pope, an avid skier and hiker in his youth, often felt pent up inside the Vatican.

In the winter of 1981, the pope, his secretary and two of his Polish aides decided to make a "getaway" to the mountains from the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo.

They packed into a car owned by one of the priests, in order not to raise suspicions, and when they passed the Swiss Guard post one prelate opened wide a newspaper to hide the pontiff in the back seat.

Read the whole thing here

hat-tip Ignatius Insight

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