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Pope Francis’ First Call Thought To Be A Prank

March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

Many people around him know that Pope Francis I has an informal style. This is why he has charmed the masses, but this apparently does not work effectively through phone.

According to a Daily Mail story, the pontiff called the Vatican receptionist directly, which no pope ever does. The man who answered the call thought it was a prank so he replied, “Oh, yes? And I’m Napoleon.” Pope Francis patiently convinced the person on the other line that it was really him.

The pope wanted to connect with the superior general of his old Jesuit order, Adolfo Nicolas. He said, “I really am Pope Francis. Do not worry, Andreas, just connect me with Father General, I would like to thank him for the charming letter.” The receptionist realized his mistake because of the pope’s tone.

According to a Vatican expert, the pope does not make his own calls because they have a secretary. Pope Francis is known to be a humble Argentina man who cooks what he eats, lives in his own apartment, and rides the bus to work. This explains why he is a bit unusual than the other popes.

After being appointed as a pope, he chose to ride the bus with the cardinals instead of using the papal limo. He also repeatedly went out of the car on his way to his papal inaugural mass to greet the crowd, kiss several babies, and to bless a disabled man.

During his first dinner after the election, he told the cardinals, “May God forgive you for choosing me.” That comment, according to Timothy Dolan, New York’s Archbishop Cardinal, “brought the house down.”

Disney Will No Longer Allow Unaccompanied Kids Under 14 To Enter Parks

March 21, 2013 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

‘The Happiest Place on Earth’, ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, and their sister theme parks spread across the US will soon ban kids under 14 years old from entering without being accompanied by an adult, a spokesperson for Disney said Saturday.

The new policy, which takes effect March 23, will be implemented in all Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and parks in the US.

“If a cast member who is working at the front gates sees a guest who appears to be younger than 14 without someone who appears to be older than that, they will engage in a conversation with the guest,” Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown told NBC.

Since children 14 years and below typically do not have any identification with them, the Disney employee will instead verbally determine if the guest is too young to be on their own. If the visitor is underage, the child’s parent or guardian will be contacted, asked to physically come and accompany their kid into the park premises.

After a survey of its guests and asking for help from child welfare organizations, Disney came up with the age restriction of 14 and was supported by the organizations and the visitors.

“That was the age they felt was appropriate,” said Brown. “That’s also the age the Red Cross recommends for babysitting.” She added that no particular incident triggered the policy change.

“We regularly review all of our policies, and we identified an opportunity to provide a consistent age of admission and address a question we occasionally get from parents. The question is just if we have a minimum age.”

Disneyland parks previously did not have an age restriction for single admission, and age limits at Walt Disney World Resorts differed among the parks, Brown added.

“This was a move to bring a consistent age policy across our domestic resorts.”