Cookoo for Cocoa Popes!

Someone went ahead and carved a life-size Pope Francis out of chocolate.

No, really.

Yes, people in their zeal to honor the Holy Father sometimes do odd things.

“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are saying, “That chocolate should have been melted down and given to the poor!”

Who wants to bet on where this chocolate will eventually wind up.

Distributed to children on the periphery of Roma? To street people?  Auctioned off?  Given to heads of state when they visit?  Perhaps some could be sent to the LCWR nuns, to sweeten them up a bit.



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  1. RomeontheRange says:

    Okay, yes, I’ll say it now: Pope Francis IS the most wonderfullest pope EHVUR!

  2. Makemeaspark says:

    I vote for the Nuns, women are always better around Chocolate.

    AND maybe that is what is wrong with those women, anyway. They never had a man give them Chocolate.

    Just sayin’

  3. One of those TNCs says:

    I just love the title of this post!!!!!

  4. SteelBiretta says:

    The chocolate Pope also came with a note that said, “Eat the whole thing. Who am I to judge?”

  5. mamajen says:

    The actual Pope Francis looks bemused, and the chocolate Pope Francis looks like he could do with more fiber in his diet.

  6. ladytatslace says:

    I think this is hilarious. Hope he tastes good. I have a feeling Pope Francis was tickled by the whole thing.

    Maybe I am missing the sarcasm in a lot of comments on many of the posts here, but to me, there seems to be a lot of backhanded slaps at Pope Francis in the tone some people use.

  7. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    I admire the skill, tho I wish it could be put to something more useful.

  8. Reliquary says:

    Sweet Papa.

  9. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Melted down and given to the poor?

    Why not sold via auction to rich and eccentric people who usually buy these types of oddities and use the money raised to help the poor?

    The artist showed real talent.

    Eat it before the rodents, birds, and insects get to it.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Food sculptors and subtlety-makers still have a license to produce the beautiful, and are given incentives by our society to pursue it. Unfortunately, most makers of fine art today think that beauty is not fitting. Our times are strange.

  11. NBW says:

    If I were the artist, I would have added the papal tiara and mozzetta to the statue.

  12. jhayes says:

    Francis gave the Harley-Davidson and Harley jacket he was given a while ago to Caritas Rome. He signed them before they were auctioned off in Paris today.

    Brought in about $400,000 for the poor.


  13. Joe in Canada says:

    I wonder if the Holy Father is now going to write an exhortation denouncing the chocolate industry for its involvement in child (slave) labor, monoagriculture, and unfettered diabetes.

  14. benedetta says:

    If it were me I would have added a nice chocolate fountain for the Holy Father to go with the sculpture.

  15. Bosco says:

    Auction off the Pope’s head! I’m sure there are many who’d pay a pretty penny to have that head on a platter.

  16. Priam1184 says:

    LCWR: they seem to need some sugah…

  17. Cantor says:

    What? No white chocolate?

  18. Oh man, I so hope Bruvver Eccles sees this.

    No Coco-ry!

  19. Confitemini Domino says:

    The chocolate pope looks more like pope Benedict to me. So this is just one more of those hideous black-and-white pictures from the genre “good pope vs. bad pope” :D

  20. VexillaRegis says:

    The Pope looks at poop?

  21. Hank Igitur says:

    Francis is a Jesuit, not a Franciscan, so brown is not an appropriate colour for him. He can be white Pope, (black) Pope but not brown Pope

  22. Lori Pieper says:

    The LCWR? He should attach a nice Valentines Day Card to it and send it to the Little Sisters of the Poor. (“Dear Sisters, continue to fight the good fight! Love you! Francis”).

    You know, I think it’s actually the kind of thing he would do.

  23. PA mom says:

    The carving looks pretty good!

    Somebody give that guy some marble and see what he can do with JPII.

  24. av8er says:

    I agree with One of those TNCs, The title of this post is hilarious!

  25. amenamen says:

    Madison Avenue’s successful attempt to raise a generation of children on a daily sugar rush:

  26. polycarped says:

    It just goes to show that Pope Francis is a good egg after all….

  27. JacobWall says:

    I don’t know, I think the Pope’s expression is something like “What the heck …?”

    In any case, this is hilarious! It should be noted that this chocolate Pope Francis is a 1000x better than that modernish statue of Blessed John Paul II. Perhaps they could hire the artist to re-do JPII?

  28. SimonDodd says:

    One of the very few kind words that I have for Pope Francis is that he seems almost as repulsed and creeped-out by the cult of personality that swirls around him as I am. His expression in this photo is, as others have noted, not one of approbation.

  29. Norah says:

    With obesity spreading throughout the world this chocolate statue could be difficult to give away. The media would have a field day criticising the pope for contributing to the growth in diabetes etc

  30. Imrahil says:

    Dear @Nora, I quite agree that it would be unhealthy for one person alone to eat the whole chocolate-Holy-Father.

    On the other hand, as – forgive me – pretty much of the obesity* thing is about moralizers looking for a job that remains when they don’t have actual (read: Catholic) morality to build on, precisely such a field day of criticism would be a field day to underline that… wait for it…

    it is no sin to eat chocolate.

    Sounds trivial. The really weird part is that this is actually news (and of course “good news”) to many of our secular contemporaries.
    How often do we hear them talking about – not eating massive amounts of chocolate, no, but about – just eating chocolate with the tone as if this were something to be ashamed of.

    [*Obese, i.e. BMI >= 30, basically just means a person who is too any possible degree “big”. There was a time when this was a description of a body property and not of morality. Overweight, i.e. BMI >= 25 means a person “not slim”.]

  31. Imrahil says:

    Forgive me, dear @Norah, to spell your name wrong.

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