On a lighter note, Francis and Benedict … caption call!

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  1. DCMArg says:

    “Yes Francis, … everything is white here: books, envelopes, you and me…. and even power plugs!”

  2. DBuote says:

    “Would you like to trade pectoral crosses?”

  3. Charivari Rob says:

    “How’d I end up picking this place for retirement?”

    Well, I’d visited my friend Karol here a couple of times, and liked it well enough. On one visit, I saw a sign one day for a free luncheon down at the community room. Turns out that was just a hook for the timeshare presentation. Next thing I knew, I’m spending every summer here myself.

  4. mamajen says:

    “I ordered you a little something from Gammarelli’s…”

  5. vox borealis says:

    “Wait, if I don’t have the mozzetta, and you don’t have it, then…???

  6. Denis says:

    “That’s the Secret for today’s Mass.”

  7. VexillaRegis says:

    Vox Borealis: LOL!!

  8. OrthodoxChick says:

    Walking papers for the curia

  9. cpf says:

    Benedict- “Ok. Listen carefully, THIS is what I want you to do…”

  10. Facta Non Verba says:

    After analysis, and Georgetown losing in the first round, I still think the Jesuits have a lock with Gonzaga to win it all.

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  11. inexcels says:

    “Most importantly, I learned that putting propellers on the little hats doesn’t make you fly.”

  12. Mitchell NY says:

    How should we do this? Latin, out, German, out, English, out, French, out, I guess that leaves Italian.

  13. Francis: “How in the world do you eat spaghetti in these white clothes? This is my third white cassock in ten days!”

    Benedict, with a wry smile: “Now you know what the Mozzetta is for!”

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  14. TNCath says:

    “Look, Franscesco, you’ve got to go along with the program. Be good to Msgr. Marini and he’ll be good to you.”

  15. mamajen says:

    @Fr Martin Fox

    LOL! Good one :)

  16. Didacus says:

    Not a caption but… is it my imagination working, or is Pope Francis with a learning and attentive expression in is face that may indicate he is receiving good advice from BXVI?

  17. acardnal says:

    “Benedict, I realize you will be doing a lot reading in your retirement so I brought you Fr. Z’s essays on the Collect prayers to study.”

    [Funny you should mention that. Back in the day, before his election, he did read them. Later we had some correspondence over four articles I wrote on the “pro multis” question.]

  18. idelsan says:

    Mitchell NY , Pope Benedict speaks spanish.

  19. The Masked Chicken says:

    [To a tune from My Fair Lady]

    All I want is a room somewhere.
    Far away from the Curial stare.
    With one enormous chair.
    Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly…

    Lots of praying for me to do.
    A mozzetta for me and a mozzetta for you…
    What do we do with Popes times two?
    Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly?

    Oh, so lovely sittin’ abso-bloomin’-lutely still
    I would never budge till
    The SSPX
    Crept over me window sill

    Someone’s book restin’ on my knee:
    The Book on Faith written just by me…
    Are those red shoes I see?
    Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly…

    Loverly, loverly, loverly

    Submitted for your consideration by
    The Chicken

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  20. Scarltherr says:

    Benedict XVI: “Have you heard this one? Two Popes are walking down the street..”

  21. Art says:

    Francis: … and I’ve put the newspaper on vacation hold.

    Benedict: Remember to also forward your snail mail to your new address in Rome and notify your contacts of your new email address after you get it from the Vatican IT department.

  22. Benedict to Francis: What size trousers do you wear. I have about six pair that I’m not using. Georg will pack them up for you. Enjoy!

  23. GordonB says:

    ..and so Francis, would you believe what I told him, after all the liturgical abuse? I said “The carnival is over.”

  24. GAK says:

    Benedict: “….details are in the 3rd drawer to the left, and the combination for the lock is XXXX. Now, Msgr. Georg will teach you “The Crane.” Don’t over practice, or you’ll blow your knees out. Personally, I’d save it for Cardinal X, but use your best judgment.”

  25. tech_pilgrim says:

    “Oh man, we BOTH wore the SAME outfit! This is embarrassing.”

  26. Sister H. says:

    Many possibilities! :)

    1. “I love your outfit! Where did you get it?”

    2. “Great minds think alike!”

    3. “Why do women get upset when they show up wearing the same outfit? It is actually kind of cool!”

    4. “This saves so much time in the morning! You never have to worry about what to wear!”

    5. “Frank, I don’t understand why so many Catholic school kids complain; I rather enjoy having a uniform!” “Indeed, Ben! And, just imagine if our cassocks could be plaid!”

    6. “Germany WILL beat Argentina in the World Cup! I’ll bet ya a mozzetta!”

  27. Sister H. says:

    “Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?! Those Americans are so old school!” :)

  28. Bosco says:

    Finally, I imagine you will, of course, be interested in where I hid my stash of Mystic Monk coffee

  29. Scarltherr says:

    ” Francis: “It’s like looking in a mirror! Let’s see if we can match each other’s facial expressions. You start and I’ll follow…”

  30. Burke says:

    ‘Please, Frank, take the ruby slippers. Then, if you ever get homesick, all you have do is click your heels three times and say …’

  31. Ambrose Jnr says:


    I don’t doubt Pope Benedict speaks Spanish also, however, FYI, when Pope Francis and the bishop emiritus of Rome met this time, they were speaking Italian…anyway, for the parts where cameras were allowed.

  32. pmullane says:

    One minite we had no Pope, them two Pope up at once!

  33. alanphipps says:

    Francis: “Besides, if I ever need help, who’s a better consigliere than my papa (emeritus)?”

  34. Nan says:

    Papa Benedict says “Bless me Father, for I have sinned…”

    But seriously, to whom does the pope confess?

  35. The Masked Chicken says:

    “But seriously, to whom does the pope confess?”

    I think its to the papal chaplain.

    The Chicken

  36. The Masked Chicken says:

    Boys and girls out there,

    Don’t do like the naughty, naughty Chicken and use its instead of it’s. Remember, it’s is it is, its is its.

    The Grammar Chicken

  37. Gregorius says:

    “Smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel. The hour grows late, and Francis the Pope flies to Gandolfo seeking my counsel. For that is why you have come, is it not, my friend?”

  38. Jean Marie says:

    God forgive me, but I’m getting a mental image of what Groucho and Harpo Marx did in Duck Soup when they tried to imitate each other in the “mirror.”


  39. ejcmartin says:

    When you wear the white just say the black and do the red.

  40. “If you need a list of vacant sees, be sure to visit Dr. Ed Peters’ web site– he has a very good list, and I know I was a bit behind on some of those, especially El Paso, Texas and Bridgeport, Connecticut…”

  41. Pax--tecum says:

    Benedict: “Look, these envelopes contain secret information about all the bishops in the world. Trade them for 5 mozetta’s and a camauro?”

  42. JesusFreak84 says:

    BXVI: “Francis, Francis, the Swiss Guard really DO have your best interests in heart. Lead them not into frustration…”

  43. Imrahil says:

    Dear @Gregorius, laughing out loud, great post!

    Unserious question: Are you, erm, comparing Pope emeritus Benedict to Saruman?

  44. Mariana says:

    “Francis: “How in the world do you eat spaghetti in these white clothes? This is my third white cassock in ten days!”

    Benedict, with a wry smile: “Now you know what the Mozzetta is for!””

    My first thought, when seeing the video, was

    “OK, extra omnes, und jetzt endlich Deutsch!

  45. Maynardus says:

    “OK Herr Neuw Papst Franz – nicht fritzen mit der Messe und macht achtung auf Msgr. Guido!

  46. Supertradmum says:

    OK, I have looked through all these catalogues, but I still can’t find a pair of red shoes with AFA in gold. Do you have anymore?

  47. Zephyrinus1 says:

    “I’ve got Three Kings. What you got ?”

  48. Choirgirl says:

    Benedict XVI: “Is that my mail?”

    Francis: “No, actually I’ve come for the rent.”

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  49. anna 6 says:

    Masked Chicken…brilliant, and hilarious!
    Fr. Martin Fox…awesome!

  50. The Sicilian Woman says:

    Loved this! Thank you all for the laughs.

    Chicken, the music to “My Fair Lady” is among my favorites? Though one of those songs might be ruined for me now. ;-)

  51. johnhumph says:

    Benedict – ‘So………doing anything for Easter ?’

  52. Dla says:

    …so remember, Francis, Brick by brick..

  53. HyacinthClare says:

    Dear Chicken!! Laugh out loud for REAL! You are a genius!!

  54. BLB Oregon says:

    “I see you still have a few dark hairs left…enjoy them while you can!”

  55. APX says:

    “I brought you your cat, which was left behind in your room. I made it a box to keep it in.”

    “Ah, I knew I had forgotten something.”

  56. TLM says:

    Francis: Is this for me? I love surprises!
    Benedict: It’s your Easter present. You young people are all alike, can’t wait for anything (gestures with hand).

  57. heracletian says:

    What? You want to retire already?

  58. bmadamsberry says:

    Considering that present was originally gifted to Pope Francis from Kirill, I would think that Pope Benedict would call “re-gifting!”

  59. Bea says:

    “I gave up the Papacy for Lent.

    you gave up the Mozzetta and Argentina.

    when Lent is over, can we take it all back?”

  60. JKnott says:

    Francis, care for a nice piping hot cup of Mystic Monk coffee?

  61. Juergensen says:

    I can’t believe some of the comments I read here.

  62. Former Altar Boy says:

    “Thanks for the case of chocolates, but now about Summorum Pontificum…”

  63. matt1618 says:

    Alright, I brought 12 pizzas, 6 for you, 6 for me, let’s do this!

  64. BobP says:

    “No one asks me about my cat.”

  65. Charivari Rob says:

    Nan, Chicken – I don’t know anything about the Papal Chaplain, but I think the Pope can make his confession to any priest who is fit to hear it.

    I attended a conference several years ago. Father Ramiro Cantalamessa (then or not long before that was preacher to the Papal household) was one of the speakers. Part of his talk was about JPII and the rehabilitation (redemption? not really sure of the best word to use) of a priest who had fallen on hard times (to put it mildly). At one point in this process the Holy Father asked this priest to hear his confession.

  66. teomatteo says:

    “so I reached out like this and said, ‘hey you can’t take communion’, and he says to me, ‘but i’m the vice pres…’ “

  67. BLB Oregon says:

    “Considering that present was originally gifted to Pope Francis from Kirill, I would think that Pope Benedict would call “re-gifting!””

    I think it is more like finding it a very good home. If it is the same icon, there is no better place for it than with a very holy man who will be spending a lot of time in prayer for Pope Francis and the whole Church.

  68. Imrahil says:

    Dear @Gregorius, coming to think of it,

    if we do want to use “applicability”, the parallel is rather a different one. It is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins meeting again in Rivendell, after the former had done something hitherto unknown, i. e., given up the Burden. Bilbo would not have had the strength to go into Mordor.

    Of course, that would be comparing the papacy to the One Ring. Shame on myself.

  69. Joan A. says:

    “Frank, have you read the Top Secret file yet?”

    “Oh, Ben, curial scandals are so dull, I haven’t bothered.”

    “It’s not about Vatileaks, Frank, we just dropped that for the media to spin.”

    “Ah! What is it then, Benny, anything good?”

    “Indeed – the Complete Collection of Charles Schulz ‘Peanuts’ Cartoons!”

  70. SPWang says:

    What’s in this box? Oh, it’s just the rubrics for Holy Week in the Extraordinary form. Ever heard of a tract…? Massive!

  71. Andkaras says:

    …and after mass, morning prayer, and breakfast, I have time to catch up on my favorite Catholic blogs. I use an alias to comment,latin of course….

  72. Lauren says:

    Thanks to all – the comments are magnificent!

  73. Rouxfus says:

    I kept expecting them to start doing this routine:


  74. Tom Kearney says:

    And not a brown envelope in sight thank God !!!

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