“But I’m the Pope. Sit down.”

by Pia on April 13, 2013

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!


{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean Collins April 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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


Carol April 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm

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


James April 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Exactly Carol. God bless Pope Francis!


raquel April 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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


jim April 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

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 April 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing.


Kathleen April 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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


Jose N. Monterrosa April 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

What a wonderful story ! Napo.


SK April 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

What a wonderful story!


True R. Spence April 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

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 April 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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


Sr. Athens April 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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!


Barbara Conroy April 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

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


Linda Fawkes April 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

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


Jeff Culbreath April 14, 2013 at 1:14 am

Many thanks for this post. Here are my thoughts:



Hope April 14, 2013 at 4:00 am

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


Nato April 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

Humility and simplicity. Awesome. Godsent.


EJ April 14, 2013 at 6:37 am

He is eminently human and yet totally belonging to God.


JMJ2in1 April 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

Great story. Thanks. Loving Papa Francis more everyday.


Dennis Ouma April 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

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 April 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

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 April 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

“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 April 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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


hemit April 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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 April 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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 April 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Wonderful…thanks be to God!


Agueda April 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Pope Francis! And he’s just beginning.


Elizabeth Thomas April 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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


beatrice myonga April 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

Nice story


ephrem argaw April 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

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


taad April 15, 2013 at 8:00 am

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 April 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Much easier to fall asleep SITTING than standing.
The guard, if this is true, FAILED in his job. Shame!


Heleni Pedersoli April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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


joe April 17, 2013 at 3:29 am

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 April 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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.


The Flash August 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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 January 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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


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Elaine August 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Love in action. What a beautiful story.


Colin October 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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 January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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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