Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Velazquez next to Francis Bacon's Screaming Pope
He looks like a real meanie, doesn't he?
(image from CBS News)
I'm not Catholic, but I think the Conclave process is so interesting. From the long line of red robes and funny hats to the sending up of white or black smoke, I find the whole process fascinating.
(image from KOMO News)
Pope Benedict is the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.
Poor Ratzinger. From that wretched name to his frankly-terrifying appearance, the guy got a bum rap.
The poparazzi (see what I did there?) seemed to delight in getting bad photos of Pope Benedict. Those crazy get-ups don't help much, either.
He bears an unfortunate resemblance to Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.
Ratsy was actually kind of handsome in his youth, though. A slight Daniel Craig resemblance, perhaps? Nah.
Ratzinger had a tough act to follow. Could Pope John Paul II have been any more likable? Someone I know once described him as 'the grandfather you wished you'd had'. He was practically Pope Mister Rogers.
He was so warm and funny.
Pope Benedict always looked like you caught him just as he was about to dine upon small children.