Pope not bugged by small creatures

VATICAN CITY — This is not news, nor is it important in the scheme of things. This is just a simple blog post about a simple matter.

Today a bug landed on Pope Benedict XVI’s forehead during a visit to a home for the elderly in Rome.

The pope greets guests, ignoring the guest closest to him. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Instead of brushing his guest away, the pope stayed focused and continued greeting other guests. Five seconds later, the bug left on his own.

The small guest, right, flies away after spending five seconds meeting the pope. (CNS/Paul Haring)

This was not the pope’s first encounter with a wayward insect. In 2009, a spider took his time climbing on the pope’s cape as he gave a speech inside the presidential palace in the Czech Republic. While the pope seemed not to notice and did not react, the incident drew a lot of international media attention. In fact, the spider garnered more media coverage than the pope’s speech.

Pope Benedict XVI is known for his immense powers of concentration. This is likely why he seems to not be bothered by little creatures.

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3 Responses to Pope not bugged by small creatures

  1. the so-called “liberal” media are Always bugging the pope and Catholic events- protests, even by the few some empty seats in the Bundestag, war on women when our issue was freedom of religion. real bugs sometimes distract their fickle minds

  2. Duane Lamers says:

    It is not surprising that the media would be more focussed on a spider than on the contents of the pope’s speech. If one is a liberal, transcendence has no meaning.

  3. Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Pope looks tired, but hard to “bug.”

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