|One of the few pontiffs in history with a rich sense of humor, Pope John XXIII once reported to an interviewer that important problems would frequently come to mind in the middle of the night, disturbing his sleep.|
Half awake, he'd make a mental note: "I must speak to the pope about that."
"Then," he confessed, "I would be wide awake and remember - I am the pope!"
Once asked by a journalist, "How many people work in the Vatican?" the pontiff pondered the question, giving the impression that he was trying to come up with an accurate estimate.
Then, with a straight face, he answered: "About half."