Pope and the Paratrooper

The Pope dies unexpectedly and finds himself at the gates of Heaven at 0300. He knocks on the gate and a very sleepy eyed angel opens the gate and asks, "wadda  you want?"  "I'm the recently deceased Pope and have done 63 years of Godly works and thought I should check in here."

The Heaven's gate watch checks his clipboard and says, "I ain't got no orders for you here, just bring your stuff and we'll sort this out in the morning" Off they go to an old W.W.I.I. barracks, 3rd floor, open bay.  All the bottom racks are taken and all empty lockers have no doors.  The Pope stows his gear under a rack and climbs into an upper bunk.

The next morning he awakens to sounds of cheering and clapping.  He goes to the window and sees a shiny convertible coming down from the golden headquarters building on the hill. The sidewalks are lined with Angels cheering and throwing confetti.  In the back seat of the convertible is a ole Paratrooper, his Jump Wings shining on his chest, a cigar in his mouth, a can of beer in one hand and his other arm around a beautiful blonde Angel.

This upsets the Pope greatly and he runs downstairs to heaven's gates and says, "Hey, explain this to me, here I am, the recently deceased Pope, and I have spent 63 years doing Godly deeds on Earth and am here in open bay barracks, and I see this old Paratrooper that I know has committed every sin known to man, staying in the mansion on the hill and getting a hero's welcome.  How can this be?"

St. Peter calmly looks up and says, "We get a Pope up here every 20 or 30 years, but this is the first Paratrooper  we've ever had".

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