I first saw this great photo at American Papist the other day. But today it dawned on me how appropriate it is. After all our first Pope wrote in 1st Peter “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. ” Our Pope knocks the roaring lion down to a more appropriate size.
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It seems these lions can smell a Christian even at an early age!
Remember? Our Papa loves the kittens of Rome.
By his smile, is it possible that the Holy Father is reminded of the “Lion of Judah”? I like this picture–I see resemblance between Pope Benedict and that lion cub…the cub looks like he’s roaring to “Papa Lion”.
I think of this as a nice bookend to Papa Benedict’s St. Agnes’ Feast, the Blessing of the Lamb.
Now it’s the lions being thrown to the Christians…