Friday, April 01, 2005

And you thought fishsticks on Friday was odd ...

When the Pope dies, this is what happens:

In the presence of the household (the cardinal camerlengo) strikes the forehead of the dead pope three times with a silver mallet, calling him by his baptismal name. The fisherman's ring and the papal seals are then broken. A notary draws up the act which is the legal evidence of the pope's death.

I'm not making this up.

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