We have a new Pope but did you know ....... > > >One of the cardinals who missed out on the papacy... Hans Grapje was raised >in >a Catholic school in Split, on the Dalmation coast of Croatia. As a young >man, he aspired to become a priest but joined the Partisans as a young man >and fought against the Nazis with Tito during WWII. During the battle of >Neretva he lost his left arm. > > >Promoted to captain, Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving >spiritual aid to soldiers, both allied and enemy. After the war, he >fullfilled his ambition and became a priest. He served as a missionary in >Africa, where he learned to fly and piloted his own plane (in spite of his >handicap) to villages across the continent. In 1987, Father Grapje was >serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver mine caused a cave-in. >Now an archbishop, Grapje went down into the mine to administer last rights >to those too severely injured to move. Another shaft collapsed, and he was >buried for three days, suffering multiple injuries, including the loss of >his right >eye. The high silver content in the mine's air gave him purpura, a >life-long >condition characterized by purplish skin blotches. > >Although Cardinal Grapje has devoted his life to the service of God as a >scholar, mentor, and holy man, church leaders agree he will never ascend to >the Papacy because... > > > > > > > >No one wants a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.