|A rare photo of St Francis of Assisi without his halo|
(So much for Sketchley Dry Cleaning's one hour Golden Service)
Apparently, as his tally reached the essential two-thirds majority, the emeritus Cardinal of Sao Paolo leant across to Cardinal Bergoglio and said something that made a deep impression: "Don't forget John Gray" he whispered. Actually, His Eminence from São Paulo is Brazilian so what he really said was, ‘Não esquece O Sr. João, Cor de Cinzento’.
Cardinal Bergoglio, a natural Spanish speaker but accomplished linguist in the romantic languages at least, got the drift.
And this, said the former Cardinal Bergoglio, made him think of St Francis of Assisi, champion of the poor, lover of animals and now his namesake.
|Cardinal Bergoglio on the bus back to the Vatican from Trelawnyd, North Wales, shortly before the Papal Conclave.|
Afterwards, Prime Minister David Cameron vehemently denied rumours that his coalition was willing to do a 'deal' with Argentina and swap Wales for the Falkland Islands so the UK could buck EU controls and have a source of real beef from the South American country. 'There's no cheap Welsh coal anymore and all our lamb comes from New Zealand so what the hell do we need Wales for?' he was quoted as saying. 'They have their own assembly and are fond of obscure languages so let them learn Spanish and eat Tapas, at least the BBC would get one of its channels back'
'Let me be quite clear about this,' Cameron responded on Sky News' Prime Minister's Question Time to debunk these vile accusations, ' I'd rather eat Romanian beef imported through Cyprus by Lebanese traders, processed by the French and marketed on industrialised greenbelt sites by British companies for breakfast, dinner and tea!' he thundered to a House all sides of which were on their feet cheering and waving their ballot papers, pleased that he was dumming down and not referring to breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, high tea, supper and dinner.
'There is not a bastard cat in hell's chance,' he concluded with admirable restraint, 'we as Englishmen, signatories to numerous non-proliferation treaties, will allow the bleeding Argies to get hold of Auntie Gladys' recipe for Welsh Cakes'