“BUT I’M THE POPE. SIT DOWN!”

Recently, when he left his apartment at Domus Marta and went out into the hall, the Pope found a Swiss Guard standing at attention outside his door.

He asked him, “And what are you doing here? Were you awake all night?

“Yes,” the guard answered respectfully.

“Standing?”

“One of my colleagues gave me a break.”

“And you’re not tired?”

“It’s my duty Your Holiness, for Your safety.”

The Pope looked at him with kindness. He went back into his apartment and, after a few minutes, returned with a chair in his hand: “At least sit down and rest.”

Shocked, the Swiss Guard replied, “Forgive me, but I can’t! The rules don’t allow it.”

“The rules?”

“My captain, Your Holiness.”

“Oh, is that so? Well, I’m the Pope and I am asking you to sit down.”

So, between the rules and the Pope, the Swiss Guard, complete with his halberd, chose the chair. And then the Pope brought him some bread and jam for a snack, saying, “Buon appetito, brother.”

 

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By cornelilioi Posted in Diverse

One comment on ““BUT I’M THE POPE. SIT DOWN!”

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    Interesting story, but something tells me in my gut that someone made it up. I don’t think the Holy Father would countermand someone’s boss like this. I think if it really troubled Pope Francis that Swiss guards were assigned to stand guard he would speak to the person’s “Captain” about it. Christ places great importance on obedience to lawful authority.

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