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Catholic Late Night

Ten great one-liners from St. John XXIII. My favorites:

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.”

He once wrote: “There are three ways to face ruin: women, gambling and farming. My father chose the most boring one.”

Visiting a hospital he asked a boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. The boy said either a policeman or a pope. “I would go in for the police if I were you,” the Holy Father said. “Anyone can become a pope, look at me.

In reply to a reporter who asked, “How many people work in the Vatican?”, he reportedly said: “About half of them.”