'Tired' Pope Francis Told To Lay Off the Spaghetti
Pontiff admits fatigue in Holy Thursday Mass
Infallibility, it appears, does not extend to the papal waistline.
Doctors told ANSA “that changing his eating habits, including fewer carbs and pasta only a few times per week, is needed to counter a weight gain noticed in recent years.”
But the pope – and his pasta bowl – have some sympathizers.
New York’s Cardinal Dolan told the Today show that his boss should get new doctors – and cut calories by taking the green stuff off his noodles.
“Holy Father, you said you always listen to your cardinals,” Dolan said, jokingly. ” … Here’s what I do, Holy Father, this really helps cut down the calories. Take these basil leaves out of the pasta. All I know is, the next time I’m in Rome, it better be on one of those two days that you’re eating pasta.”
The workaholic 78-year-old Francis, who’s not been shy about his love of pizza and who typically rises at 4:30 a.m. to start his busy days, also admitted in his Holy Thursday homily that he’s just plain pooped out.
“The tiredness of priests. Do you know how often I think about this weariness which all of you experience?” Francis said at St. Peter’s Basilica, according to another ANSA report. “I think about it and I pray about it, often, especially when I am tired myself.”
Francis was elected in March 2013, after his predecessor, Benedict, took the unprecedented step of retiring from the papacy. And last month, Francis suggested he, too, had retirement on his mind when he told the Mexican broadcast outlet Televisa that he felt his papacy would last only “four or five years … I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation.”