VATICAN (AP) For the third time in recent weeks, Pope Benedict lost his Fisherman's Ring. The gold ring, depicting St. Peter casting a net to catch some fish, fell off the Holy Father's finger while he was shaking hands with hundreds of the faithful.
Eyewitnesses reported that, in the first instance, a few people had thought about just stuffing the ring into their pocket, but, after considering an eternity spent in burning Hell, reconsidered and just gave the Pope back his ring.
Yesterday morning however, something went terribly wrong. When the ring fell off for the third time, no one stepped forward to return it! Pope Benedict was shaking hands with a large group of school children just before the ring went missing.
In other news, Twelve year-old Luigi Giovanni is sticking by his story about finding a large gold ring in a box of Cracker Jack that he bought after school.
The boy's mother said, "Little Luigi has never told a lie before, but I have to admit: I am a bit concerned with all of the strangers who are kneeling before him and kissing that ring."