Why did the Pope dress up as Santa?

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posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:04 PM
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BBC News
Thursday, 22 December 2005, 05:07 GMT

'Santa Pope' woos Vatican crowds

Pope Benedict XVI appears to be getting into a different kind of Christmas spirit, donning a Santa-style hat for his weekly appearance at the Vatican.
At a chilly St Peter's Square, the Pope draped a red cloak over his shoulders and covered his head with a red velvet hat lined with white fur.





Is it because...

A) He is an imposter?

B) He had too much to drink at the annual Vatican Christmas party?

C) He did not recieve a gift for the Vatican's "Secret Santa"?

D) Rudolf took a detour and abandoned him?

E) Because Santa is an anagram for Satan?

F) Because he really is a dark Sith Lord who presides over an evil empire?


G) He's a reptilian shape shifter?

H) He's just an old man horsing around, trying to have some good 'ol fashion fun and enjoyment, to make up for a rather restricted childhood?

##SNIPPED##


J) He is trying to resurrect the spirit of the last Pope?




What do you think?

And what do you suppose he might be thinking in this photo?
[please quote photo and add your own caption, and please, keep it clean and relatively civilized, thanks.]




Best Regards,

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
North Pole
December 10th, 2011
edit on Sat Dec 10 2011 by DontTreadOnMe because: Just to clarify...




posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:12 PM
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Hilarious. I think he lost a bet!
BTW, those 2 reds, hat and cape, don't match, major fashion faux pas!



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:13 PM
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Is he mocking the true spirit and meaning of Christmas?

Anyone..?


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posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:13 PM
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That man gives me the creeps..



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:14 PM
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I really dont think the pope knows that he looks all evil and stuff..

Leave the poor guy alone. He's just tryin to wear a lil confettie for his followers. No harm done.

btw.. the cape is Orange. The hat is indeed red. The reporter is either colorblind or the camera man has some serious lighting issues.



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:15 PM
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He really does look like a Satan or Reptilian...

But you can see the lightness in his eyes,so there is no need to attack him..The Pope is good old fellow...
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posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:21 PM
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Jesus Christ, that dude is creepy...



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:23 PM
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Yes, but does anyone have an explanation for it, for the Santa Pope routine?



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:29 PM
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A picture from 6 years ago with no link? No idea which day the picture was taken?

All right, let me offer a possibility. The feast day for St. Nicholas is December 6. Perhaps the BBC took the photo then and held it until it was closer to Christmas.

Can you give me any more to go on?



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:35 PM
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Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Is it because...


K) he was trying to coax boys to sit on his knee....



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:36 PM
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reply to post by charles1952
 


Not really, all we have to go on at this point is

Pope dressed as Santa, 2005.

Oh sorry, the link, and the rest of the story from the BBC article, forgive me.


At a chilly St Peter's Square, the Pope draped a red cloak over his shoulders and covered his head with a red velvet hat lined with white fur.

Vatican officials said the hat, known as a camauro, has been part of the papal wardrobe since the 12th century.

But it has not been worn in public since the death of John XXIII in 1963.
Riding the popemobile and waving to crowds, the 78-year-old pontiff smiled as he was cheered into the square.

Follower of fashion

Although missing Father Christmas' trademark white furry bobble, the pope's timely discovery of the long-forgotten camauro seemed as much a nod to the season as to the chilly weather.

The traditional Santa Claus figure is based on Saint Nicholas - a bishop in fourth century Lycia, now part of modern Turkey.

Ordinarily, the pope covers his head with a more traditional white skullcap, which he donned instead of the camauro by the time he reached his podium in the square.

Benedict, who was elected pope in April after the death of John Paul II, has already made a sartorial mark in the Holy See.

He is reported to favour medieval-style red slippers over more practical shoes while padding around his Vatican apartments.

Fashion-watchers have also reported spotting the pope wearing Gucci sunglasses and Prada shoes in recent months.

link: news.bbc.co.uk...


So it's a get up that Pope's have been wearing since the 12th century, and "it has not been worn in public since the death of John XXIII in 1963."

Santa Popes..

It's an intriguing riddle I think perhaps worth investigating, and I intend no offence here to Catholics with this thread. Just ask'n..

Regards,

NAM



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:38 PM
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Originally posted by spoor

Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Is it because...


K) he was trying to coax boys to sit on his knee....

I asked you to keep it clean and relatively civilized.. but alas someone was going to say it so it might as well have been you, no worries.



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:38 PM
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"Forget screwing the little kiddies bodies, now lets screw with their minds. Santa-Pope, mwahahaha."



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:42 PM
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"Yes, Yes, you will soon be mine again precious.... yes".
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posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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But he's not dressed as Santa. lol It's a hat that has been worn by previous popes for quite a long time.

The "tie" looks a lil candy cane'ish, but still not an uncommon garb for a pope. I'm sure the pope can celebrate Christmas like any other chatholic.



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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Since nobody's said it yet, looks a lot like the Grinch who stole christmas

www.theylookalike.com...


Or bad santa:





posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:47 PM
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Well, Saint Nicholas was a bishop, as is the pope. That style of hat has a long tradition for winter wear and has been worn by clergy for thousands of years. It's called a camauro. He wore it 3 years ago, too, and if I recall lots of protestants and atheists bashed him for it then, too. People seem to forget Santa Claus was a real guy, not the magical, mythical old elf he is portrayed as today, and there are traditions that go back further than their fifteen-year-old memories.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:50 PM
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reply to post by theRhenn
 

Are you saying it has no reference to Santa at all? Hmmph, I don't know.. I think it has something to do with Santa, the white bearded, jolly old man who is said to live at the north pole, that's how it was presented and recieved by the people.

Like I said, maybe it's just an old man trying to have some well-earned fun, but these things are staged and therefore are allegorical and point to a deeper meaning and significance.



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:50 PM
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reply to post by Misterlondon
 


i so agree, creepy !!



posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 06:06 PM
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Originally posted by theRhenn
reply to post by NewAgeMan
 


But he's not dressed as Santa. lol It's a hat that has been worn by previous popes for quite a long time.

The "tie" looks a lil candy cane'ish, but still not an uncommon garb for a pope. I'm sure the pope can celebrate Christmas like any other chatholic.

Let me rephrase then. Why is Santa dressed like the Pope? Is it a symbol, the red and white, for the resurrection?

I understand the significance of the candy cane, as the shepherds staff, the red and white stripes representing the stripes of Christ incurred during his ordeal, by which according to Isaiah we are healed.

What does it mean, is what I'm asking here, that's all, nothing more.





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