When Papa Ran Away 01


Herman did not hear the EWTN news that evening. That’s when Tracy Sabol announced Pope Francis was missing! He was gone! Lost! The Holy Father had completely disappeared, and nobody had a clue where he might be.

How could a pope disappear into thin air completely unnoticed?


The Bible tells us, “Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Tim 2:22, NRSVCE)

If you’re on the right path, sooner or later, you will flee from the foolish ways of your youth and seek something more significant with greater lasting value. It happens at different points in a person’s life. And it happens in different ways.

But it happens.


Had anyone asked Herman, he could have told them where Pope Francis was. But nobody asked. And after all, Herman was just a mouse — an orange one, at that!

The Bible tells us everything happens in God’s perfect time. (Ps 31:15) What Herman knows about the disappearance of the Pope will be revealed, of course. We’ll tell you about it in the next episode or two of this serial Porch Story. Our story is entitled, “The Day Papa Went Missing.”

This is a true story — more or less. It happened exactly as we are telling it, except for a few parts we’ve “adjusted” to make it more interesting. Understandably, it has escaped the scrutiny of the media, after the unexpected retirement of Pope (emeritus) Benedict XVI. The Church has been reluctant to speak about Pope Francis’ unusual retreat, but we’ll tell you about the day the Pope ran away.

This is one Porch Story you won’t want to miss!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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