‘Irish papers tend to euphemism, with people regularly passing away, seldom dying’ Premium13 March 2014 | by Christopher Howse
“Pope admits stealing”, ran the headline in the Irish Examiner. As everyone has now learnt, Pope Francis stole a little cross from the rosary of a priest he admired as he lay in his coffin (or “casket” as the Examiner called it, since Irish papers tend to euphemism, with people regularly passing away, seldom dying).The story was a gift to any paper, and the Examiner let the Pope tell it his way. He fetched some roses, since there had been none around the body. “This man forgave the sins of all the priests of Buenos Aires, but not a single flower?” Then temptation struck. “Immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves, and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it,” he said
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