Mt. Carmel St. Cristina Society

The Pope & The Vatican

Did you know...

That Pope Benedict XVI has an eye for fashion? He has been spotted with reading glasses from Cartier when he isn't wearing sunglasses from Gucci. The red shoes frequently worn by the Pope are from Prada. He owns an Apple iPod with works by Beethoven, Chopin and Stravinsky plus a special twenty minute life and music of Mazart that was produced just for him by the staff of Radio Vaticana. Pope Benedict is a skilled pianist and big Mozart fan. He is known to play a Mozart sonata before bedtime.

That the Pope's bodyguards are Swiss citizens between nineteen and thirty years old. They are 5 feet 10 inches tall and they are unmarried when they take the job! The job also requires that regardless of age they must be single for their first 3 years of duty and if they are twenty-one they must remain single until they turn twenty-five!

There are 26 languages in which the radio station at the Vatican broadcasts and 558 people hold Vatican City citizenship. Zero income tax for citizens of Vatican City!