ITALY: Little Political Pope

One rainy day when Florence's Mayor Giorgio La Pira was a Deputy in Rome, he characteristically started for the door without umbrella, overcoat, or hat. A fellow Deputy insisted on lending him a raincoat. An hour later, La Pira returned, dripping from head to foot. To the astonished Deputy, he explained: "I came across an old man in the street who was cold . . ." "Yes," stammered the Deputy, "but that was my raincoat." La Pira replied soothingly: "You can buy another, my son, you can buy another."

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