What new Pope?

"I heard they elected a German Pope." "Not in Rome!"One of the weird things we noticed when we were in Rome a few weeks ago, especially around the Vatican, is all of the souvenir postcards of the Pope.

Now postcards of the Pope in the souvenir shops around the Vatican is in itself not weird. The amusing thing was which Pope. Every single postcard we saw with a Pope on it had a photo of John Paul II. We didn’t see a single postcard with an image of Benedict XVI. Good to see the Italians don’t hold a grudge.

(And yes, I know JP II was Polish. But they seemed to warm to him for some reason. There were posters up all over the place around the Vatican calling for him to be canonised.)

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