Lions and tigers and popes! Oh my!

January 28, 2009

I’m back with another episode of Stuff Maybe We Should Have Explained in the Caption, but Didn’t.

This time, it’s a photo of Pope Benedict XV with a lion tamer and a lion cub. The actual caption doesn’t say why.

I mean, we know there has been bad blood between Christians and lions. Is this some kind of a rapprochement?

Or did the pope mention to an inept aide that he is a “Cubs fan,” and this was the result?

I am happy to report the caption makes clear that the pope is the guy on the right, so as not to confuse readers who might mistake him for the young dude with sideburns and a circus costume.

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Pope Benedict XVI (R) looks at a lion cub held by a lion tamer of Circus Medrano during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 28, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Did someone count the pope’s fingers after this? I mean, for the sake of the improved relationship between lions and christians it’s be good to know!

Posted by M | Report as abusive

I’m sure there’s a little part of religion in most of today’s tamed lions. There must be some descendants from the lions that the Romans used (unless they slaughtered them all as part of the infamous celebrations).

Posted by xerxy | Report as abusive

The Pope has changed his mind. Lions are no longer a part of the Axis of Evil. It’s now Emus, Tigers and Bears.

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