This is from a friend called "Cousin Chuck."
On a tour of Wisconsin, the Pope took a couple of days off his itinerary to visit Lake Michigan on an impromptu sightseeing trip. His 4X4 Popemobile was driving along the beautiful shoreline when there was an enormous commotion heard just off the headland.
They rushed to see what it was and upon approaching the scene, the Pope noticed in the water a hapless man wearing a Minnesota Vikings football jersey, struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 12 foot sturgeon. At that moment a speedboat containing three men wearing Greenbay Packers football jerseys roared into view from around the point.
Spontaneously, one of the men took aim and fired a harpoon into the sturgeon's ribs, immobilizing it instantly. The other two reached out and pulled the Minnesota man from the water and then, using long clubs, beat the fish to death. They bundled the bleeding, semi-conscious man into the boat along with the dead sturgeon and then prepared for a hasty retreat when they heard frantic shouting from the shore. It was the Pope and he summoned them to the beach.
After they reached shore, the Pope went into raptures about the rescue and said, "I give you my blessing for your brave actions. I had heard that there were some bitter hatred between the people of Wisconsin and Minnesota, but now I have seen with my own eyes this is not true. I can see that your society is a truly enlightened example of true harmony and could serve as a model on which other states could follow". He blessed them all and drove off in a cloud of dust.
As he departed, the harpooner asked the others, "Who was that?"
"That," one answered, "was his Holiness the Pope. He is in direct contact with God and has access to all of God's wisdom."
"Well," the harpooner replied, "he knows nothing about Sturgeon fishing. How is the bait holding up or do we need to get another one?"