The Pope Could Fly His Own Helicopter Into the Sunset, If He Wanted To


When Pope Benedict XVI leaves his job a week from today, not only will the "historic moment" be filmed and broadcast live, but he'll take a theatrical helicopter ride to his vacation home. If the Pope really wanted to take his farewell to full reality-show heights, though, he'd fly the thing himself, waving all the way up: According to the Catholic News Agency's fun facts section (via Matthew Keys), "Pope Benedict XVI has a pilot's license for the papal helicopter and likes to fly from the Vatican to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but the pope does not have a driver's license as he never learned to drive a car." There we go: a new skill to acquire with all that upcoming free time.