Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Pope's Two Coffins

Much was made in the overblown commentary that accompanied the Pope's funeral on Friday about the humility of the man, as demonstrated by the fact that he had chosen to be buried in a plain cypress box, rather than in something more majestic.

However, as these pictures demonstrate, that was just for show. His actual vessel into the after-life is a far more ostentatious, polished, zinc-lined, walnut (or oak) coffin. [ source: AP via CBS news]

As ever, the spin accompanying the "elevated ones" knows no bounds.

Thanks to Chris for spotting this!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there are actually three coffins, one inside the other. The pine box was the traditional exterior one used for the public ceremony.

14 April 2005 at 17:08  
Blogger Jon Seymour said...

According to the reports I have read, the pine coffin was actually the inner of the three coffins; it was placed into the other two after the public mass.

14 April 2005 at 17:40  

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