Pedaling for the pope…

October 15, 2010


Fellow archbishops, we all know why we’re here. The Vatican entertainment budget is gone, and it’s only October.

So who has some good ideas for extremely cheap ways to entertain the pope? Yes, Most Reverend Lamar, you raised your hand?

POPE/Your Excellency, what about bringing in some “artists” to entertain His Holiness? Has that ever been done here at The Vatican?

Uh, let’s see, according to our records an artist named Michelangelo came here in 1508 and it worked out pretty well. But artists are expensive, Archbishop Lamar.

Not if you just get some bozo off the street and CALL him an artist. What does His Holiness really seem to like?

pope biker hat 240He enjoys sitting on the porch and watching bicycles go by. He always waves at the riders.

There you go! We bring in some bike rider, have him zip up and down the steps for the pope, and badda bing, badda boom, His Holiness is happy!

Magnifico! Fantastico! Archbishop Lamar, you are a genius! I hate to push it, but could this “artist” also give the pope a free hat?

I guess so. Do popes like free hats?

Well, it worked for that Michelangelo guy….

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An artist performs in front of Pope Benedict XVI during his Wednesday general audience at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI wears a FINA cap during a special audience for competitors of the 13th FINA World Championships in his summer residence of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

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Do you think the Pope wore a speedo while watching the FINA World Championships? And is riding your bicycle in front of the Pope akin to riding your bicycle in the X Games?

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Wow I love the timing of the photographer that he was able to catch the Pope in the same exact pose at two different times. It’s like the Pope never even moved! Sitting there motionless as if deep in thought, probably praying for the salvation of mankind. Yup, deep in thought, motionless. Not moving at all….. doesn’t even appear to be breathing……oh damn!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@ifly … LMAO!!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

@ifly, very well put.

@Spin, I think in this case, it was the Holy saw.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Very interesting that nobody seems surprised to learn Lamar is an archbishop…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Lamar’s mum always told him he could be anything he could imagine. If Lamar wants to imagine he is an archbishop then good for him!

@Dave @ Spin, the Holy See/Saw!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

“Hey, you kids get your bikes off my sidewalk!”

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Wait – you mean that’s the real Pope, and not an animatronic exhibit at Disney?
And is there any discernible difference?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@Unca, that’s kinda why I take issue with so called “modern art”. If a person gets sick on a sidewalk in just the right way someone somewhere would call that art.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Well, there is currently a revival going on across the street from me. Some little kid is flailing all over the place. He is either dancing or having a fit and waiting to be saved. As I frequently look like I am having a fit when I am dancing, I will not pass judgement.
Love to all,
Sister Merry Bambi

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive