“But I’m the Pope. Sit down.”

An Italian soccer news site has a sweet story about Pope Francis who apparently gets up very early without an alarm.

Future Swiss Guard, currently eats bread and jam.

Future Swiss Guard, currently eats bread and jam.

Loose translation of the story:

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.


“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.”

Happy Saturday!



Categories:Pope Francis

  • http://google Maureen Lehane

    So humble, just like Jesus Christ. God bless him.

  • Nnalukwago Noel

    I love Pope Francis

  • Suzanne Rothwell

    What a wonderful, saintly and humble pope we have! God bless him!

  • Ken. W

    While I was at first skeptical of him, I am really starting to believe he will be really good for Church.

    I believe he is truly a humble man, and true to his convictions.

  • frank t

    Just what St Francis would do!!!!!

  • Annemarie Lynch

    I love him !!!!

    • josephine

      So great to have a Pope who lives as Jesus would have him live–among the people and of the people.



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