San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

‘Papa Polaco’ – Only in Costa Rica

The election of Polish Pope John Paul II caused no end of mirth in Costa Rica, where “polaco” (Pole) is another word for “Jew,” since most of the country’s Jewish community are descendants of Polish immigrants. The afternoon La Prensa Libre, caught up in the confusion, published a photo of the new “Papa Polaco” with a caption identifying him as “the first non-Christian Pontiff in 455 years.”


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