What was in the box?

What was in the box?

      Francis and Benedict sat facing a large box and two envelopes

One unanswered question from yesterday’s meeting between Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict: What was in the box?

The Vatican video showed the two men sitting down for their 45-minute private conversation, facing a table on which a white box was placed. On top of the box were two large envelopes.

As soon as the image was shown in the Vatican press office, reporters joked that the box must have held the famous Vatileaks dossier, the confidential report prepared for Benedict by three cardinals and left by the ex-pope to Francis.

If the dossier needed a box that big, things were worse than anyone thought.

More likely, sources said, was that the box contained correspondence for Benedict – letters, emails and other communication – that arrived after the German pope left office Feb. 28. The Vatican had said that goodbye messages were pouring in for the pope from world leaders and average people.

Officially, there was no explanation for the cardboard container or the envelopes, which explained why today’s newspaper headlines spoke of the “mystery” box. Some hypothesized that Benedict was handing over all the important documents regarding unfinished projects of his pontificate, including Curia reform, negotiations with the Lefebvrists and his unfinished encyclical on the Year of Faith.

14 comments (Add your own)

1. Loki wrote:
It was a crock pot with accessories, topped with a couple recipe collections. The new pope is keen on soup-kitchen cuisine.

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

2. Br. Tony Jukes, S.S.S. wrote:
Could be a Trappisti chocolate Easter Egg !

Seriously, yesterday's encounter was a wonderful moment, taeching us in a practical way that we all ought to live as brothers/sisters.

It was especially encouraging to see the Pope and Emeritus Pope "wasting time" adoring the Blessed sacrament outside Mass!!!!

P.S. Delighted to have discovered your blog. Miss your weekly Rome Reports.

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

3. Chesire11 wrote:
A friend commented on the box, sying, "That's a lot of pizza for only two people!"

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

4. Brother Rolf wrote:
It is the file on Mejugorjie and the real third secret of Fatima.

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 2:30 PM

5. Chris wrote:
I bet its a litter of kittens since B16 loves cats.

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 3:27 PM

6. JP wrote:
It was the case of Augustiner Bräu Märzen Bier he left behind. And maybe his cat, too!

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

7. Justin wrote:
Surely letters for Benedict etc can easily be passed to Abp Ganswein - the Pope needn't have delivered that personally. How does an official even do that - oh Holy Father, these are the letters that came in for your predecessor, when you see him can you just pass this on??

I know Francis seems quite informal but I doubt any person from the Secretariat of State would dare be that upfront!

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 5:16 PM

8. Fr. Elias Rodrigues,Vasai,India wrote:
concern and joy fused.

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 6:04 PM

9. Jeanne Marie wrote:
hmmmm I am just happy for THESE SHOES!

Praying for our Holy Father.

God Bless

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 6:25 PM

10. Jim McCrea wrote:
Red shoes that were left behind by accident?

Sun, March 24, 2013 @ 7:09 PM

11. Bob Roll wrote:
White Castles -- just saying!

Mon, March 25, 2013 @ 7:10 AM

12. Dex wrote:
Must be a Jack-in-the-Box! lol! :)

Mon, March 25, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

13. Opara Grace wrote:
This is quite interesting to know, i thought i heard that the two; Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis would not see each other until death. Well, seeing the Picture of two of them and reading this news article has shown that the thinking was wrong otherwise how can this meeting be explained ? I am very happy to see them and pray that Almighty God will continue to bless them, grant them good health of mind and body, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Open their spiritual eyes and mind to see beyond human reasoning in order to move the Church to greater heights. God bless you great Men. Please keep us posted on the current happenings in the Vatican.

Mon, March 25, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

14. Jean wrote:
Chris, you must read Thavis' new book, which I gobbled up over the weekend, to learn to secret about Benedict and cats!!!

Mon, March 25, 2013 @ 5:07 PM

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