Press Puff Piece On Pope’s Puss

1 comment April 20th, 2008at 03:23pm Posted by Eli

NY Daily News breaks the story:

There’s one very unusual biography of Pope Benedict – a children’s book, supposedly written by his cat.

“Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat” is a 36-page illustrated book that chronicles the life of Benedict through the words of his cat, Chico.

“I’m meeting you in the pages of this book to tell you a story about my very best friend, a wonderful man with whom I’ve shared so many happy times,” Chico says.

“I want to tell you about where he comes from, how devoted he is to his studies and his work, what is he doing now.”

The book, of course, wasn’t actually written by a cat. It was penned by Italian journalist Jeanne Perego. It was illustrated by Donata Dal Molin Casagrande and features an introduction by the Rev. Georg Ganswein, the Pope’s personal secretary.

The book begins with the Holy Father’s birth in Bavaria, Germany, in 1927. Chico explains that Benedict and his family moved many times during his childhood. In a surprising passage, Chico describes how Joseph Ratzinger, the man who would become Pope Benedict, joined the seminary in 1939.

“At the beginning, Joseph was not enthusiastic at all about living in a community,” Chico says. “He could not concentrate on his studies and it felt as if he had lost his freedom.”

The book also touches on Benedict’s service in the German Army during World War II.

“During that period, Joseph was forced to do something that went absolutely against his will: join the army and go off to war,” Chico says.

The book’s message is “stay faithful and committed in life, without getting discouraged when difficulties arise.”

Chico no longer lives with the Pope because animals aren’t allowed at his house in the Vatican. [Um, he’s the friggin’ Pope. Can’t he get an exemption?]

The cat now stays with a neighbor near Benedict’s former home in Bavaria.

I’m not sure what’s stranger: That Benedict has a cat, that his cat wrote a book, or that his cat is named Chico.

Entry Filed under: Media,Religion,Weirdness

1 Comment

  • 1. Rob  |  April 20th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    No, the most unusual thing is that Pioe B is against the war in Iraq, against the death penalty, and against unrestrained capitalism and the mainstream press has managed to ignore it.

    He’s not the conservative shill the American conservatives were hoping for.

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