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Gary Cooper and the Pope Gary Cooper meeting Pope Pius XII at the Vatican . . .
Tags: Gary  Cooper      Pope  Pius  XII      Vatican 
Added: 28th June 2008
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Posted by: Marty6697 on 2008-06-28 
Meeting the Pope has to be a out of body experience. John Paul was my favorite!
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-06-28 
His daughter, Maria, once recalled the day their family met the Pope:

'We had bought rosaries and medals to be blessed by His Holiness, and Poppa had a fair share in his hands and over his wrists. The great doors swung open and a Swiss Guard thumped ceremoniously on the floor with an intricately carved gilt staff to announce the pope's arrival. Then His Eminence flowed in through the door--slim, white-robed, pale--and started down the line of guests. Just as he was nearly in front of my father, we all genuflected, but with his stiff back, Poppa lost his balance a bit and in that moment dropped all his beads, medals, and cards. They went rolling and scattering all over the floor, under the pontiff's robes, the carpet, and into other people's shoes. And there was the American actor Gary Cooper groping around in monumental embarrassment, trying to scoop up the mementos with Pius XII looking down and patiently smiling.'
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