“I would really like to see Robert Mugabe and George Bush before I die,” whispered the Pope.
“I’ll see what I can do, Father,” replied the nurse. The nurse sent the request to them and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Robert and George would be delighted to visit the Pope.
As they went to the hospital, George commented to Robert “I don’t know why the old man wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images.” Robert couldn’t help but agree. When they arrived at the Pope’s room, the Pope took Roberts’s hand in his right hand and George Bush’s hand in his left.
There was silence and a look of serenity on the old Pope’s face.
Finally Robert spoke. “Holy Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?”
The old Pope slowly replied “I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” The old Pope continued…..”He died between two lying thieves. I would like to do the same.”