“But I’m the Pope. Sit down.”

An Italian soccer news site has a sweet story about Pope Francis who apparently gets up very early without an alarm.

Future papal guard. Currently eats jam and bread.

Loose translation of the story:

Recently, when he left his apartment at Domus Marta and went out into the hall, the Pope found a Swiss Guard standing at attention outside his door.

He asked him, “And what are you doing here? Were you awake all night?

“Yes,” the guard answered respectfully.


“One of my colleagues gave me a break.”

“And you’re not tired?”

“It’s my duty Your Holiness, for Your safety.”

The Pope looked at him with kindness. He went back into his apartment and, after a few minutes, returned with a chair in his hand: “At least sit down and rest.”

Shocked, the Swiss Guard replied, “Forgive me, but I can’t! The rules don’t allow it.”

“The rules?”

“My captain, Your Holiness.”

“Oh, is that so? Well, I’m the Pope and I am asking you to sit down.”

So, between the rules and the Pope, the Swiss Guard, complete with his halberd, chose the chair. And then the Pope brought him some bread and jam for a snack, saying, “Buon appetito, brother.”

Happy Saturday!


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  • http://sdcojai.wordpress.com Sean Collins

    Wow. How could one not absolutely love such a man?

  • Carol

    I know I’m not the only one thinking of the Seinfeld episode and the guard falling asleep.

    • James

      Exactly Carol. God bless Pope Francis!

    • raquel

      Yes, i thought of George Contanza feeling sorry for the security guard and getting him a rocking chair.

      • jim

        yes, Costanza was the first thing I thought of when I saw this. didnt the guard fall asleep in the store and then the store was robbed, and the guard was fired?

        hope things work out better in real life.


  • Bill

    Such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kathleen

    reminds me of Jesus saying to the Apostles after they had been out evangelizing…’come away and rest awhile’.

  • Jose N. Monterrosa

    What a wonderful story ! Napo.

  • SK

    What a wonderful story!

  • True R. Spence

    Does Pope outrank Captain? :-)

    Pope Francis is as soothing as a clear, refreshing breeze of the purest air on a hot smoggy day. The kind of day that goes on so long and so drearily that you forget what fresh air tastes like.

  • Mike

    George Costanza did the same thing. Didn’t turn out too well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsxiz7DFHuI

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  • http://www.paulines.com.pk,www.timothians.com.pk,www.olms.com.pk Sr. Athens

    It happens! The rules can be changed for practical reasons… that which favors the empathy of human hearts stand out. Thanks to the example of Pope Francis!

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  • Barbara Conroy

    that is awesome. Thank you dear Pope Francis for being such a true humble person of Christ…

  • http://Facebook Linda Fawkes

    Think this is a beautiful story! A true example of Christ in action!

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  • http://culbreath.wordpress.com Jeff Culbreath

    Many thanks for this post. Here are my thoughts:


  • Hope

    I just love this Pope! His humanity is abundantly evident in everything he does.

  • Nato

    Humility and simplicity. Awesome. Godsent.

  • EJ

    He is eminently human and yet totally belonging to God.

  • JMJ2in1

    Great story. Thanks. Loving Papa Francis more everyday.

  • Dennis Ouma

    Every leader has to be a servant and it’s very evident that Papa is doing exactly that. Dios la bendiga Papa Francesco.

  • Linda Kuehl

    Thank the Lord for Pope Francis. “Love God and Love neighbor” is his mantra. He lives Christianity. Not saying the other popes didn’t but, the Holy Spirit has made a good choice here. Let’s hope he can reform the Vatican heirarchy and defuse the scandals! Praise God forever!

  • AuntieD

    “He is eminently human and yet totally belonging to God.”

    As much can be said for Pope Benedict XVI, too. Remember, grace builds on nature. One is not better than the other, just different.

    • Tina

      Thank you for remembering that Papa Benny is a gentle kind loving example of Christ and for Pope Francis.

  • hemit

    nice , but like many stories online ,this is an urban myth,the same story modified, regarding Buckingham palace guards has circulated for years,… and the swiss guard in question would not have spoken of it (if it happened)in such a way to make it to public blogs.(heck most people believe st Francis actually composed the ‘Peace Prayer;) PAX

  • Craig Rens

    Gotta love the Francis’ humble way of doing life, could make the swiss guard’s work a little more difficult tho, when the pope doesn’t demand special treatment. Own apartment, own car, etc but rather prefers to be with ordinary, everyday people

  • Gratitude

    Wonderful…thanks be to God!

  • Agueda

    Pope Francis! And he’s just beginning.

  • Elizabeth Thomas

    His simplicity and humbleness inspires me. Thank God for such a down to earth Pope! Praise the Lord!

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  • beatrice myonga

    Nice story

  • ephrem argaw

    Tnx dear papa this is true example of chirst. God bless u!

  • taad

    We need to be carefull. I doubt the truth of this. Besides, it may seem sweet and nice, but it is not. Men must be able to be men. They must fullfill their duties, and not be made into something else. It is not a good thing to make men is women and women into men. Our faith is more than this. It is being tough, standing against the current culture. It is Christ on the Cross!

  • Twinkleb

    Much easier to fall asleep SITTING than standing.

    The guard, if this is true, FAILED in his job. Shame!

  • Heleni Pedersoli

    If only Pope Francis could be this accommodating to the NUNS!

  • joe

    I guess profound sense of humility–to see and attend someone’s needs–can be learned from that gesture….status and power are disregarded…

  • Jan


    Interesting story, but something tells me in my gut that someone made it up. I don’t think the Holy Father would countermand someone’s boss like this. I think if it really troubled Pope Francis that Swiss guards were assigned to stand guard he would speak to the person’s “Captain” about it. Christ place such great importance on obedience to lawful authority.

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  • The Flash

    But sir, so many children abused in the Church!

    Pope Francis “Who am I to Judge?”

    Did not the Lord give you authority! and what about the many countless victims? no justice for them!

    Pope Francis ” Gay clergy should be forgiven and their sins forgotten”

    • Juan Romero

      Really? He NEVER said so. Please quote where did you read this. Thank you

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  • Elaine

    Love in action. What a beautiful story.

  • Colin

    I’m no Catholic and certainly not a lover of the Catholic Church. It has been and still is a wicked institution.

    Pope Francis, as was Pope Paul was, a very kind man, in fact Francis is kindness itself. He loves with a pure heart and is an example of how it should be.

    Pope Francis is this beautiful man in SPITE of the Catholic Church, not because of the Catholic Church..long may he live, and peace continue to reign in his beautiful heart.

    • Juan Romero

      A very contradictory comment, biased by a twisted mind. Anyway, I will pray to God so he enlighten you and and you get the real ethos of the Catholic church, in SPITE of your wicked perspective. Blessings

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