A new, little-known, little favourite of the popes is making the rounds of popes’ conferences.
This week, Pope Francis said the little merlot priest who makes his way to the Vatican in an ordinary white coat is the best thing that has ever happened to him.
His pontificate has been marked by a range of innovations, from the introduction of the papal seal to the creation of the modernised Vatican, including the new Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
But a new, lesser-known little-used, little beloved is making its way through the Vatican: the little priest.
Pope Francis and his Little Mermaid PopeIn the early 20th century, the Little Mermaid priest was one of the first to be commissioned by the pope, to be the “little priest” in the new Vatican Basilica.
He became a favourite of Francis and the new pontiff when, in the 1970s, he was tasked with overseeing the construction of the new basilica.
The Little Mermaid, a cartoon character created by cartoonist and illustrator Edith Wharton, was created by her and is a favorite of Francis’.
The Pope said he wanted to take care of the little girl, and asked that her name be kept in his will, the Vatican said.
His decision has been met with some scepticism.
Some say the little prince, or Little Mermaid is a relic of the past, while others say he is the perfect little priest for the Vatican.
Little Mermaid’s originThe Little Mermings origin is uncertain, although the character is a direct homage to Edith’s popular cartoon.
In the 1960s, the Disney character Little Mermaid was created for children to be playful and harmless.
The cartoon was made famous by children’s radio programme The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Disney film adaptation of the character starred the character, and in the films the character had many incarnations.
During the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church banned the depiction of Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid’s first incarnation was portrayed by Robert De Niro, in The Little Devil.
In 1992, the character was resurrected as a modernised version of Little Prince from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.
In recent years, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast was banned from the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI for a variety of reasons.
The Catholic Church has also made a list of “offensive” religious symbols, including “the head of a goat” in The Lion King, and a crucifix in The Passion of the Christ.
A Vatican spokesman said he had not heard of the Little Merlot priest being in a similar position.