Flat Earth: Heavens above

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I KNOW the Church was exhorted to go out and spread the word, but some of its methods seem a little extreme.

A friend on a visit to Rome was walking past the Vatican when something hit her on the head. When she had recovered from the shock, she discovered the mystery projectile was a copy, in Italian, of the Papal encyclical on the Acts of the Apostles, issued last December. Fortunately in paperback, it appeared to have fallen from a window above, but nobody else seemed to have noticed.

Things could have been worse. Had the document been Pope John Paul's most recent utterance, a much weightier disquisition on the role of philosophy, my friend might not have returned to tell me the tale.