The Pope receives his new bowling ball from Card. Rouco Varela.

Pope Benedict XVI (R) receives a gift by Archibishop of Madrid Antonio Maria Rouco Varela

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  1. Dirichlet says:


  2. drwob says:

    So, does the Apostolic Palace have a bowling alley in the basement, à la the White House?

  3. Tony Layne says:

    “It’s very nice, Eminenza. But tell me … why is there a Budweiser bottle in the middle of it?”

  4. Tony Layne says:

    By the way, I’m stealing the pic for OTA. :^)=)

  5. Tom in NY says:

    White ball, red shoes?
    Salutationes omnibus/

  6. Ioannes Andreades says:

    “Hmmm…let’s rack up some Richard McBrien books over there.”

    “I’ll help with the ball, Holy Father!”

  7. thickmick says:

    “The Dude abides”…

    -God Bless the Holy Father and the Church, Hail Mary…etc

  8. You’d be amazed how much better everyone’s language gets on the security line at Fiumicino Airport when Pope Benedict works his shift, checking duffel bags for sharp objects and liquids.

  9. Pope Benedict always personally supervises the packing of his parachute.

  10. Rob Cartusciello says:

    The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there, The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners. Shoosh. I sure hope he makes the finals.

  11. Tom Ryan says:

    I asked for sausage & pepper on the pizza, not pepperoni…

  12. Legisperitus says:

    At least we’re getting some use out of this planeta plicata.

  13. david andrew says:

    His Holiness examines the contents of the Vatican “Go Bag” with the Cardinal Prefect for Emergency Preparedness.

  14. Charivari Rob says:

    Please put your crozier, pectoral cross, and the keys to the kingdom in this box; take out your computer and open it; take off your shoes & belt and put them in the box, too – put all of those on the conveyor into the xray machine and then step over to the metal detector…

  15. Rich says:

    “And, in order to blend in, Holy Father, you’ll have to be wearing one of these. As the youth treks from one location to the next throughout Madrid, with this you may become one with the flowing sea of red backpacks.”

  16. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    “Tell him he doesn’t need to travel incognito anymore, Your Emminence”.


    “Why exactly am I supposed to get in this bag, Emminence?”

  17. Phil_NL says:

    “And you saw, eminence, this is premium coffee from a monastery in Wyoming, USA?”

    Fr. Z's Gold Star for the Day Award

  18. frdanbecker says:

    He ain’t no drag
    Papa’s got a brand new bag


    Fr. Z's Gold Star for the Day

  19. Gregg the Obscure says:

    “Your Eminence, when they said we were eating the Anglicans’ lunch, that was merely a metaphor. There are no sandwiches in there.”

    Fr. Z's Gold Star for the Day Award

  20. Yes, but of course, this is the finest triune wrecking ball we could find, it works on secularism, liberalism, and heretical structures. ;)

  21. Paul says:

    “Launch code accepted, Holy Father. The Papal States will once more be a force to be reckoned with!”

  22. EXCHIEF says:

    Pin by Pin…sorta like brick by brick

  23. jasoncpetty says:

    “I agree, the right thing to do, Eminence . . . we couldn’t wait until the 27th.

  24. Papabile says:

    And three hundred years from now, it shall be known as:

    The Benedictine Holy Bowling Ball of Madrid and shall be venerated as a second class relic.

  25. Eric says:

    You know we have a zero tolerance policy cardinal. If you would just get a clear back pack like the American school kids, I wouldn’t have to rifle through your stuff every day when you come to work.

  26. Torkay says:

    It does have 3 finger holes, no, Your Eminence? Father, Son, Holy Ghost?

  27. Tom A. says:

    “Another STRIKE against heresy. SPARE no one!”

  28. Giambattista says:

    “I thought I let the cat (i.e. TLM) out of the bag in 2007, Cardinal Varela – I better check the zipper because there is apparently a problem.”

  29. I the Trinity illustrate,
    Bowling errors of renown —
    With three holes the Arian frustrate,
    Argument’s weight knocks them down.

  30. benedetta says:

    Our Holy Bowler. Awesome. Coincidentally, an esteemed member of our household plans to bowl later this afternoon…Our own bowling enthusiast will be most interested in this.

  31. Stephen says:

    Turns out it’s a sin to bowl under 100 in league play.

  32. basilorat says:

    Ummm….Eminence, you’re one pope too late.

  33. Maxiemom says:

    Swag bag from Vatican Fashion Week.

  34. Stephen Matthew says:

    Merchandising – Where the real money from the movie Madrid World Youth Day is made!

    Sorry, I just had a flash of the great Yogurt from Spaceballs for some reason.

  35. BigTin says:

    Look at the lunch I packed for you!

  36. AnAmericanMother says:


    Brother Lawrence sez, full marks for the Browning reference.

  37. AnAmericanMother says:

    Is John XXIII’s bowling alley still around?

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