By Jim Lackey
We have been having a little fun with this photo, taken over the weekend by our Rome-bureau photographer, Paul Haring:
In the photo from Saturday, Pope Francis is speaking to Italian youngsters, some of whom were born in prison and all of whom have at least one parent in jail. They were treated to a special train trip to Rome thanks to the Pontifical Council for Culture.
After the pope watched some of the youths flying kites in a cleared-out parking lot next to the Vatican audience hall, he spoke to the group and answered questions, telling them to never stop dreaming.
The photo of the pope speaking inside the hall, of course, cried out for a caption contest. (Given the nature of the Holy Father, we were certain he wouldn’t mind.) Thanks partly to a helpful nudge from our friends at U.S. Catholic magazine, here’s some of what we got:
Naturally, some thought it was a papal fish (or snake) story:
Others wondered why the pope had an official name badge hanging from his neck, as if he needed proof that he belonged in the hall:
But someone had a possible answer:
Here are the best of the rest: