Religion: Interesting Particulars

"This State is no larger than a good-sized eighteen-hole golf course. . . . [It] is the most heavily telephoned State in the world. ... It can provide a telephone for every inhabitant. . . . Although the Pontiff has his own telephone and although it is listed in the telephone directory of Vatican City as number 101, no one can call him. The apparatus is so constructed that when the number is dialed, the Pope's telephone does not ring. . . . The Pope has surrendered to the use of the fountain pen...

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