“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://catholicvote.org mary grant

    great story for the grandchildren to understand thinking about others

  • David K

    This is a lovely story, but a little too pat. Is it really likely that such an event would be related in such detail, right down to quotation of the entire conversation? And I generally don’t get my Vatican news from sports websites… :-)

  • http://KCProcter.com ThatGuyKC

    Beautiful. Servant leaders are the best leaders.

  • Wilfredo Ruiz

    Personal status, sexual preference, race, or religious beliefs do not make a better person, in GODS eyes we are all judged the same no matter who we are or where we came from. Have a good heart and do your best to respect and be kind to others.



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