A new old meme has been resurrected on Twitter, and Mass just got interesting.
Twitter users are exploiting the website’s tiled image format to make it look like Pope Francis is holding various objects with sincere reverence, including Simba, Baby Yoda, and the One Ring.
The original photo of the Pope was taken in Brazil in 2013, when he celebrated Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida. In it he holds aloft a wafer of sacramental bread, meant to stand for Christ’s body as part of the Eucharist or Holy Communion rite.
Now it’s had a resurgence on Twitter, the new tiled variation allowing people to join in even if they weren’t blessed with Photoshop skills. The meme is risen.
The Pope meme has largely been in good fun, and has probably made a lot of people think about God slightly more than they otherwise would (judging from the frequency with which Twitter users will just go balls-to-the-wall horny on main).
Twitter’s response to this is exactly what you’d expect.