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The Pope Francis Meme Is Restoring My Faith…in Memes

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The internet is a modern day miracle. What other device, what other invention has the awesome power to unite (and divide) the planet in a myriad of conspiracy theories, consumerism, and an infinite amount of porn? And while the internet is all too frequently used for nefarious purposes, it does give us delightful little nuggets of ridiculousness.

One such nugget is the new Pope Francis meme. The set-up is simple: add three photos of the Pope offering something, and then switch out the fourth image for something funny. But, as they often do, people have taken the premise and run with it, delivering some of the funniest, most wholesome gags we’ve seen in a minute.

Is the Pope meme silly? Of course. But in the relentless bad news avalanche that is 2020, we’ll take our LOLs where we can find them. I also like to think of the Pope memes as an avatar of what is getting us through this year. Whether it’s Doctor Who or a bag of Cheetos or a Playstation controller, the divine truly lives among us. Kind of.

After all, where else will you see the head of the Catholic church praise fictional queer ships like Catradora? Who knew Pope Francis shipped Clexa? What can I say, the man loves a martyr.

Enjoying the Pope meme but finding it all too establishment? Well hold onto your mitre, because the Martin Luther meme that all the Reformation stans demanded is finally here!

In times like these, I find that my faith in humanity often wavers. But when goofy stuff like this happens, I am reminded that there is a world of people out there who don’t take things so seriously. And while we remain a world divided, it’s nice to know we can come together and chuckle at Pope Francis holding up Baby Yoda. What a blessing indeed.

(featured image: Twitter/@PopeAwesomeXIII)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.