While addressing Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis took a sip of water from a glass at his side. Afterwards, Congressman Bob Brady stole the glass, brought it back to his office, and drank from it.
“How many people do you know that drank out of the same glass as the pope?” he asked the Philadelphia Daily News. His wife, Debra, and two staffers also drank from the glass. (So, at least four.) His office distributed a number of photographs to the press.
“I saw the Pope drinking out of it three or four times and I thought it would be a great idea... for me to have something of a remembrance of Pope Francis,” Brady, who represents part of Philadelphia, told CNN. “I just saw the glass, I walked up and picked it up and kept it.”
“I’m sure it’s blessed if the Pope drank out of it. Why not?” Brady said. “If not, I’m saying it is.” (It’s not.)
“I’m considering it as holy water. I’m not checking with anybody. I don’t want to know. Some things it’s better not to know,” the congressman said. “I mean, the Pope drank out of it, the Pope handled it... It’s good enough for me.” (Okay. But it’s not.)
Brady told the Daily News that he poured the rest of the water into a bottle, saving it to bless his four grandchildren and his great-granddaughter. Also, he is keeping the glass in a brown paper bag, and plans to ask Philadelphia police to dust it for fingerprints to prove its authenticity. This, rather remarkably, would seem to imply that Brady believes that Philly PD have Pope Francis’ fingerprints on record.