A spoof job listing for the Pope has been removed from LinkedIn, but not before around 30 applicants submitted their pitches to be leader of the Catholic Church.

The original post offered a ‘great opportunity’ for an executive seeking a new challenge, calling for infallible applicants with strong problem-solving skills, as long as they were willing to work Sundays.

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In return, a competitive salary, opportunities to travel, a company car and an annual pass to the Sistine Chapel, not to mention a job for life, was offered.

‘Here at the Vatican, we take equal opportunities seriously,’ the posting said. ‘People from all ethnicities and backgrounds will be considered, unless you are – of course – a woman.’

The listing comes as cardinals assemble in the Vatican for the Papal Enclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI,

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