Expect things to get c-c-c-r-a-a-z-z-z-y in Pope Land! Castel Gandolfo is one villa that’s just not big enough for two popes. Benedict likes things just so, and doesn’t enjoy sharing his direct line to the Almighty with other nuncios. Meanwhile, Pope Francis is an easy going guy who enjoys a Tango Canyengue any time he can find a partner. Uh oh, he’s swaying his hips and crooking his finger at a group of hungover American cardinals.
A bit of a prankster, Pope Francis gets the Swiss Guard guffawing by hiding the red pope shoes Benedict snuck out of the Vatican. To show he still has a sense of humor, Benedict keys the newbie’s popemobile.
Benedict softens when Francis makes a peace offering: A well-preserved copy of Benedict’s seminary yearbook, the one with the photo of the graduation day dance on the title page.
Next week: While Benedict knits a cassock for the Vatican dachshund, Pope Francis helps himself to the Cannoli in the Emeritus drawer of the papal fridge.