Benedict may have some feline company in the Vatican

Benedict may have some feline company in the Vatican

      A cat stretches its legs near the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican

It looks like Pope Benedict will be able to enjoy the company of cats in his retirement home inside the Vatican.

This curious photo, made available by the Vatican newspaper, shows a black-and-white spotted cat ranging through an area next to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the retired pope took up lodgings today.

The Vatican Gardens is said to have a number of stray cats roaming the grounds, and they will find a friend in the former pope. As a cardinal, he famously fed the stray cats in the Borgo neighborhood where he lived, according to Vatican officials.

As pope, we were told he never kept a house cat, but from was rumored to have fed the cats in the Vatican Gardens. Maybe this one is an old acquaintance.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Br. Tony Jukes, S.S.S. wrote:
A man of his word, I’ve never had any doubt that Emeritus Pope Benedict would remain hidden from the world, maintain, as you say, “a prudent silence”, and giving full obedience to his successor.

Long may he truly enjoy his retirement. And I feel I can sleep more safely in my bed tonight knowing that Someone is praying for the Church and for me!!

And the Vatican Garden cats will be happy too, I’m sure…

Thu, May 2, 2013 @ 7:05 PM

2. Gloria Schotten wrote:
I miss my valiant and faithful 'German Shepherd,''my Gentle Ben'.Pope Benedict we luv ya.
Anyway this from the book of Job in the Bible, re Gods care and concern for our pets.
(Job 12:7-10.). But ask the beasts,and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
for the plants of the earth,and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

Gloria Schotten.

Fri, May 3, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

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