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