The Pope and the Beggar

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The Pope and the Beggar

Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome, Italy.

One has a Cross in front of him; the other one is holding the Star of David. 
Many people go by, look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of 
the beggar sitting behind the Cross.

The Pope comes by. He stops to watch the throngs of people giving money to 
the beggar who holds the Cross while none give to the beggar holding the Star of David. 
He feels sorry for him.

 

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Finally, the Pope approaches the beggar with the Star of David and says: 
"My poor fellow, don't you understand? This is a Catholic country; 
this city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren't going to give you money 
if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you're sitting 
beside a beggar who is holding a Cross. In fact, they would probably give 
more money to him just out of spite!"

The beggar with the Star of David listened to the Pope, smiled, and
 turned to the beggar with the Cross and said: 
"Moishe, would you look who's trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!"