Riots broke out in the Vatican City as clerical protesters demanding reform loudly strummed acoustic guitars in spite of Cardinal Bertello’s repeated requests that they keep it down so he could hear himself think. An American witness who declined to give her name said that she had no idea before today that the flamberges carried by the Swiss Guard were anything more than ornamental. More than a dozen guitars were injured and taken to local luthiers for emergency repairs.


  1. Clay Potts says:

    Day Three: Protests take on a different tone as tensions rise following Swiss Guard’s decision to string up on bridge any guitar who pick fights.

    Cardinals begin to fret. Try to reach a chord.

  2. Martha says:

    But what of the tambourines, Dr. Boli? Did your Rome correspondent not take note of what happened to them?

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