Pope Francis Bows To Refrigerator, Houseplant

September 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Vatican


VATICAN CITY–As head of state at the Vatican, as well as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Frances broke protocol yet again this morning when he bowed to his houseplant moments before watering it. Francis, who has made ignoring protocol and tradition a trademark of his papacy, went on to bow to his refrigerator moments before extending his hand to open it. “This man is absolutely fascinating,” the Pope’s photographer, Roberto Salamanca, told the Italian newspaper L’Osservatore Romano earlier this afternoon. “The man breaks many, how you say, protocollo. All day today I spent photographing him, and you know how long it took him to make a cheese sandwich? 45 minutes. He bows to the refrigerator before opening it, then bows to a loaf of bread before removing it from the refrigerator. Each slice he takes out, he bows…to the toaster, bows, takes out a slice of cheese, bows. I’ve never seen such humility.” At press time, Pope Francis is stuck in a catch-22 as he considers whether bowing to the mirror before brushing his teeth, and consequently bowing to his own papal reflection, would contradict his show of humility.

  • F. A.

    HA HA HA HA HA! Too much!

  • Anne

    As John McEnroe would say ‘you cannot be serious’….!

  • grace


  • lome trinidad

    the Eucharist is a bread, why bow?
    ans…because it’s the “Real Presence “…good.
    now why bow to fridge?

    Humility or mockery?
    New ager can do this…But Isn’t he suppose to know better..?

    • Francisco J Castellanos

      Zoom! Right over your head…

    • Joe Blough

      Airplane joke?

  • justin

    makes sense, if everything in the universe was created by God we can show respect to anything and it will be showing Him respect for making these conveniences

  • Panda Rosa

    Well, the plant creates oxygen, so that’s worth respect. The frig keeps food from being wasted, so that’s worth respect. Francis does seem to be a man who likes to tell people (and things) they’re doing a good job.

  • eb.

    Big show of humility. Where is the humility ? In the refrigerator probably or rather in the freezer at minus 30 C.

  • Hematite

    God must intend for me to bow to many random things during the day; why else did He make me so clumsy?