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    Hans Grapje was raised in a Catholic school in The Hague and, as a young man, aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years co-piloting B17s until his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and he lost his left arm. Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid to soldiers, both Allied and enemy.

    After the war, he became a priest, serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his handicap) to villages across the continent. In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver mine caused a cave-in. 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 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. No one wants a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.

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    G - R - O - O - O - A- N !!!


    • #3
      OOOOH NOOO you did it to us
      Chuck D

      When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
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      • #4
        OUCH!you had me going there.

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            I love it!

            Thanks Kevin,
            DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

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            • #7
              That one is worth passing along.

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              • #8
                ROFLMAO!! Great One!!!
                I will encourage others to read it!! still smiling

                Sue Chrestensen


                • #9
                  I am sure you had pun posting this one. I had a lot of pun passing it on to my kids who are used to that sort of humor from me.
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