Sorry, I have no possums with me now…

July 16, 2008

pope-0716-hand.jpgBlog Guy, I collect pictures of popes with snakes. Do you have any? All I have so far is one of a guy with a rattlesnake, and to tell you the truth I’m not sure he’s a real pope.

Well weirdo, this is your lucky day. A big glossy shot of Pope Benedict and a python!

Wow, thanks! I guess that man holding the snake must be a respected theologian, if they let him meet the pope. Any idea what wisdom he imparted?

Yes. He said, “They eat things like possums.”

Incredible! Was there anything else unusual about the event?

Only that our caption said Pope Benedict XVI (L), so that easily-confused readers would know the pope was the one on the left dressed like a pope, and not the young blond guy with a snake on his shoulders.

pope-0716-360.jpgPope Benedict XVI (L) pats a python at Kenthurst Study Centre where he is resting ahead of World Youth Day in Sydney July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Pool

More stuff from Oddly Enough



We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

A pic of the pope petting that guy’s snake is not going to help him fight scandal…sorry, easy pun.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

And doesn’t His Holiness look thrilled by it all!

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Well dadgum, I was hoping the pope was goin’ to do a little snake handlin’ do a little fire & brimstone preachin’ YEAH! And the serpent will NOT bite the righteous, AMEN! lawsy mercy I’m gettin’ carried away…

Posted by Dee T | Report as abusive

“Yes, this will make some very nice shoes. Can you have them ready for Advent?”

Posted by Krista | Report as abusive

Everybody looks happy. However we can´t see the python´s happiness

Posted by armstrongfl | Report as abusive

I didn´t mean an evil joke or something of the kind. I was kidding with the double meaning of snakes implying the opposite to the Good. That´s all, no bad intention on that. Respect to everyone, always.

Posted by armstrongfl | Report as abusive