Phone connection

The Chief Rabbi of all Israel was on a courtesy visit to the Pope in Rome. In the middle of their cordial meeting, the pope excuses himself and dials a complicated number and listens to some operator instructions, then fumbles about for some coins, puts lots in and finally connects. He starts praying. He also listens carefully to someone on the other end and nods his head in comprehension.

When he finishes, he smiles at the rabbi and they continue their cordial meeting during which, the pontiff is invited to Israel.

On the visit to Israel, the pope is greeted by the same rabbi in the office of the main synagogue. The pope notices a big red phone on the desk and looks surprised. "Not a pay phone?"

"No", says the rabbi, "it is a direct open line".

A normal phrase.