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Pope Benedict XVI The Cat Lover

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 2:06 PM

I just discovered a very interesting trivia this morning. I am probably the last person on Earth to hear about this but I still thought it a blog-worthy piece of information.

Apparently, the Pope is a cat person and that he has at least one cat back in his Vatican papal residence! Not to mention a house full of animals back in his residence in Germany. He also reportedly took care of stray cats where he stayed near Vatican before he became Pope. What a very welcome piece of trivia. After all, who better to promote homeless animals adoption than the Pope himself!

A report also says that Pope Benedict was given an 11-month old tabby upon his arrival in Sydney, Australia to celebrate this year's World Youth Day. The cat will be his constant companion while he waits for the start of the festivities in his retreat house in Australia.

He's also the first Pope to authorize a book about his life that was written by Chico, a cat who lived near his house in Germany [“Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat” (Ignatius Press, 2008)].

Oddly, however, Vatican and Catholic officials are denying knowledge of such cats (those reportedly living in his Vatican abode and the one reportedly given to him in Australia). They are said to be doing so, apparently, to protect the Pontiff's privacy and to maintain the position's "mystique". I don't know if it's just me but I find this a little bit puzzling. Why deny something that seems to be common knowledge? "Benedict’s kindness toward the strays of Rome is already the stuff of Vatican legend," says a New York Times Report.

Related Links:

Cat Lovers Appreciate Soul Mate in Vatican - NYTimes.com

Aussies give Pope kitten to keep him company - Inquirer.net

Mystery shrouds cat Australians gave to Pope - Inquirer.net


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  1. 4 comments: Responses to “ Pope Benedict XVI The Cat Lover ”

  2. By Jerome C. Herrera on Jul 22, 2008, 10:01:00 AM

    Hi. My name is Jerome Herrera. I have a forum called Penster Online. It is a forum where Filipino writers can improve their writing skills and talk
    to each other. The main goal of the forum is to find the writer in every Filipino. I was wondering if you are interested in exchanging links. Penster Online
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  3. By babybranny on Jul 22, 2008, 7:43:00 PM

    yeah, when he was ordained (is that what you call it?), one of the first few things i read about him is that he's an animal lover. i bet catholic animal lovers all over the world rejoiced. heh.

    "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans Order

  4. By askalfreak on Aug 21, 2008, 6:34:00 PM

    Yes, he is a cat lover but unfortunately he wears fur and leather. :( I love Pope Benedict, don't get me wrong. I love that he loves cats too.

  5. By siyerwin on Aug 27, 2008, 9:31:00 PM

    askalfreak, am kind of disappointed with this news. Okay na sana. :(

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