|Papal wit but which Pope?|
This story has been attributed to several Popes but I believe that it was Pope Pius XII who was the Pontiff concerned. However, since starting this post I see that the story has several quite distinct versions. Here's my one.
A very anti Papal, anti Catholic journalist (possibly from the Bitter Pill?) attended a Papal Audience and very provocatively asked the Holy Father for his blessing.
Without changing pace Pope Pius blessed him using the words:
"Ab illo benedicaris + in cuius honore cremaberis. Amen"
Which, is the blessing reserved for incense and in English it reads.....
"Be ye blessed by Him + in whose honour thou art to burn. Amen"