NEW YORK – One of the many gifts Pope Benedict will receive when he arrives in New York City next month will be a skateboard designed by a local child.
The Archdiocese of New York is holding a contest this spring to see who could design the best “Official Papal Skateboard” for the 80-year-old pontiff.
About 70 children entered the competition. A winner has yet to be picked.
The idea for the contest came from a youth skateboarding club at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Manhattan.
Now you might see the idea of a skateboard contest for the Pope to be rather silly especially with the stereotype of skaters being rebellious, non-conforming youth. But the Pope receives lots of gifts he wouldn’t personally have much use for, but amazingly this is not true in this case and I have a world exclusive.
The above is a never before seen picture showing the Pope coming off of a ramp at the secretive papal skateboard park.
Word has it that it was after the Pope saw Br. Pio Maria of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal performing and jumping over priests that he decided he would be interested in learning how to skateboard himself. Now we don’t have to worry about the Pope starting to include the number eight in words in his encyclicals, wearing baggy pants, and listening to skate punk; especially since he much prefers Mozart on his iPod while skateboarding