The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck L'Aquila, Italy, left 294 dead, 1000 injured, 10 missing and 28,000 homeless.
Traveling, however was mentioned: his recent trip to Africa and an up-coming jaunt to the Holy Land. Perhaps with all those frequent flier miles, another 60 miles of travel would cut into his viewing time of reruns of The Flying Nun and The Father Dowling Mysteries.
The Pope is seen in the photo at the left paying tribute to Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, wearing his prized replica outfit.
It is not clear whether the he gave a second thought to the notion that the survivors of the L'Aquila disaster might have needed and would have wanted his presence there. Sure he prayed for them, but the spiritual needs and hopes of the people of that area would have been uplifted knowing he was there for them.
It's not the first time, and it probably won't be the last that the
(Pictured: The Pope using his new "spit guard" to protect those closest to his podium.)
To his credit, he did acquiesce and grant Special Dispensation to allow Mass to be held on Good Friday at a state funeral for 205 of the earthquake victims. This action was taken only after Italy declared a National Day of mourning.
This is what happens when dopes Pope!