We already dug Pope Francis for saying wine is necessary for celebration, and for ridiculing the Church for its anti-abortion and gay marriage beliefs. But thanks to Father Jim Sichko, a Kentucky priest, author, and motivational speaker, we now have another reason to love the Pope: The Pope loves Pappy.
During a private event at the Vatican last week, Fr. Sichko, who is one of 100 papal Missionaries of Mercy in the U.S., presented Pope Francis with a bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle as a gift to symbolize the priest’s home state of Kentucky. When the Pope received the rare bottle, he replied by saying it was “very good bourbon,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.
“He knew I was from Kentucky so when I handed it him, he immediately said ‘bourbon’ and I said yes, and then he said ‘very good bourbon,’” Sichko said.
Sichko tweeted about the experience, including a photo of himself presenting Pappy to the Pope (along with a selfie, for good measure, which was proudly retweeted by Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State).
All the PAPPYS, 4 ROSES and WOODFORD RESERVE made it to give to Pope Francis and his security detail! Thanks Be to God! pic.twitter.com/u7AJqpIl7B
— Father Jim Sichko (@JimSichko) April 6, 2018
Proving his generosity even further, Sichko made sure Pope Francis wasn’t the only one going home with a bottle of bourbon that night: gifts included an entire bottle haul of Van Winkle, Knob Creek, Four Roses, and Woodford Reserve.