Pope Francis may have traveled around Philadelphia two years ago in a Fiat 500L, but when he's kidnapped in Jersey, he prefers a white Audi.

Police in Washington Township, Gloucester County, say someone absconded from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Thursday evening with a life-size cutout of the pontiff – the same evening as a handbag bingo fund-raiser.


A witness told police that Francis was taken by three women operating an Audi. One suspect was described as being approximately 70 years old and on oxygen.

"The church is asking that Pope Francis be returned safely," the police department posted on its Facebook page late Friday night.

On Sunday morning, however, the department edited the post with an all-caps update: "THE POPE HAS BEEN RETURNED."

A man who answered the phone at the Washington Township police department sounded unfamiliar with the case and said no one was available to comment.

Suffice it to say, another prayer answered.