Special delivery for the Vatican

Warning to the faithful: A bit irreverent

A little drug history

German customs found a small, but significant shipment of cocaine bound for the Vatican post office.

It was hidden in a shipment of cushions shipped from South America. Ironically, the cocaine was packed in condoms, a product the Vatican still disapproves of.

Do they disapprove of cocaine?

Well, little known historical fact…

Ever heard of Vin Mariani? It’s a Bordeaux wine treated infused with coca leaves.

Pope Leo awarded a Vatican gold medal to the wine, and also appeared on a poster endorsing it. Apparently he carried a hip flask of it where ever he went. Pope Leo XIII was a big fan too.

I don’t make this stuff up folks. Check it out.

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