While on vacation in Rome, I noticed a marble column in St. Peter’s with a golden telephone on it. As a young priest passed by, I asked what the telephone was for. The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven; and if I’d like to call, it would be a thousand dollars. I was amazed but declined the offer.
Throughout Italy, I kept seeing the same golden telephones on marble columns. At each, I asked about it; and the answer was always the same:
It was a direct line to heaven; and I could call for a thousand dollars.