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An Old Arch-Bishop

An old arch-bishop lay dying. He sent a message for Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to come to the hospital. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his room. As they entered the room, the arch-bishop held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed.

The arch-bishop grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything, both Gillard and Abbott were touched and flattered that the old man would ask them to be with him during his final moments. They were also puzzled because the arch-bishop had never given any indication that he particularly liked either one of them.

Finally, Gillard asked, "Father, why did you ask the two of us to come here?" The old arch-bishop mustered all his strength, and then said weakly, "Jesus died between two thieves, and that’s how I’d like to go."

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