April 21, 2010

Pope Asleep News

Did the Pope fall asleep in church?

That is how some people are interpreting footage from a mass this week in Malta, here Pope Benedict was seen apparently nodding off until he was poked and awakened by the man next to him. That man was Guido Marini, whose official title in the Vatican and Catholic Church is Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.

Pope Benedict and church leadership have been mired in a great deal of controversy over allegedly helping to protect and cover up for priests who had been accused of abusing children. So perhaps this was a rare chance for the Pope to relax and get some rest?

Pope Asleep News
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He wouldn't be the first person to fall asleep in church, though he's the last one you would expect. Benedict XVI appeared to nod off during a Sunday mass in Malta, leaving Guido Marini (seated to his right) no other option but to poke the Pope. Perhaps that's in the job description for Marini, the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations. These photos may not help that asleep-on-the-job image the Pope's been struggling with...

Pope Asleep News

Posted at April 21, 2010 2:16 AM