..... ring ring ring ring ring .....
X: Hello hello?
Y: Yes, who’s that on my private line?
X: Oh my dear PM, it’s just me Bernie.
Y: Your Holiness! How nice of you to call me.
X: Just call me Bernie, frankly my friend, that ‘Your Holiness’ business is getting a bit on me. It reminds me of another ‘Holiness’, you know, that one in yello ... ooops I mean ... saffron robes.
Y: Hahaha, that incredibly idolised insurgent whom the Chinese government loves to hate or hates to love.
X: Yes yes hehehe, very clever play of words hahaha.
Y: [loud glum sigh] Bernie, I’m afraid I am not that well appreciated at home.
X: Don’t despair my dear friend, as they say, a prophet is never well received at home. Look at Prophet Mohamed peace be upon his name and his flight from his hometown of Mecca.
Y: Yes, you right, also look at Nabi Isa peace be upon his name and his persecution at the hands of his own people in Jerusalem.
X [slightly taut voice]: May I correct you my dear friend, Jesus was not a mere prophet but the son of God.
Y: Well, at least, not the son of Allah swt.
X: Hahaha, very droll very droll. Anyway, I rang because of some recent controversy at a church organized dinner. Should my fellow Catholics there be concerned?
Y: Not at this stage Bernie, it’s the other church which had been involved, hahaha. But if the Chinese authority thinks your Buddhist counterpart is a traitorous insurgent, they should see what I have here in my own party.
X: Be brave my friend, for was not Jesus himself betrayed for 30 pieces of silver?
Y: My versions of Judas demand more than 30 pieces, more like 30 billion. That illegal and arrogant raid has been one in a series of sabotaging acts to embarrass me and undermine my leadership. I expect more to come.
X: Oh dear, will our recent breaking bread together at my enclave in the Eternal City be used against you?
Y: That possibility, nay, make that ‘probability’ instead, certainly exists. By the by, is there any villa located in a secluded suburb in your area available for long term lease?
X: My dear friend, is the Pope a Catholic?
Y: Hahaha, thank you thank you, you’re a cool dude ... er ... I mean ... dad ... er father ... er ... papa, you know what I mean.
X: Bless you my friend, in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, go in peace.
Y [thinks]: Go in peace? That’s what that bloody teacherous Moodeen Judas wants.