A guy was boarding a plane when he heard that the Pope was on the same flight.
"This is exciting," thought the gentleman. "I've always been a big fan
of the Pope. Perhaps I'll be able to see him in person.”
Suddenly, the man realized his seat was right next to the Pope
himself. Still, the gentleman was too shy to speak to His Holiness.
Shortly after take-off, the Pope took a crossword puzzle out of his
carry-on bag and began penciling in the answers.
"This is fantastic!" the gentleman mused. "I'm really good at
crosswords. It crossed his mind that if the Pope got stuck, He’d ask
me for assistance."
Almost as if providence struck, the Pope turned to the man and said,
"Excuse me, but do you know a four letter word referring to a woman
that ends in 'unt'? The three Cardinals behind, in front of and beside
him shrunk down in their seats, as far as possible, all looking for
something on the floor.
The man was in morbid shock. He couldn’t breathe. He went within
himself, thought deeper, longer for a plausible answer and after
almost a minute, the dark clouds of evil parted in his mind and the
sun shone in !
Turning to the Pope, the gentleman said, with reverence and
politeness, "I believe, Your Greatness, that you're looking for the
"Of course," the Pope mused, not taking his gaze off the cross-word,
"You wouldn’t have an eraser, would you?…"