In a sequence of events that might have come straight out of madcap religious comedy 'Father Ted', Brian Parker from Croydon near London, was last week elected Pope for a day by The Conclave Of Cardinals in the Vatican.
He Told The Spoof:
"Me and the missus was visiting Rome and that, when we somehow got into the Papal Palace. Benedict XVI (real name His Holiness the Pope) it seems had disappeared on a fishing trip without telling anybody. The cardinals panicked and decided to elect a new Pope just in case he'd done a runner and weren't gonna come back.
We was in a corridor and next thing I end up separated from the wife and bundled into this room full of these Cardinals. Before I know it my names in the frame and they've elected me Pope" laughs the Pontiff.
But relax Benedict fans (real name Joe) as it was all a mistake. Because The Spoof can exclusively reveal that as Pope Brian the first was about to make an appearance at his window in the Vatican Square, the real Pope turned up and so Brian's stint as Pontiff was over before it had started.
"We had a good old giggle about it and they told me that if they need a new Pope on the hurry up then they know where to come" chuckled Brian, before blessing the assembled press-pack with some holy water that he'd brought back as a souvenir of his trip.