Next Pope application launched at Craigslist Rome job listing

By on Feb 13, 2013 in Weird, World Comments

Looking for a job? Well, a so-called next Pope application ad was launched at Craigslist Rome on Monday, February 11, 2013, on the same day that Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign, effective February 28, 2013, citing health reasons. A screenshot of the “job vacancy” is available below.

“After the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI after almost 7 years of service, the Catholic Church is again looking for a Pope to control the Holy Masses.” A statement reads on the background information for ‘next Pope application’ at Craigslist Rome, with the successful applicant to be working at Vatican City.

“Please note that this position is highly competitive, with applications expected from superstars including Beyonce, and so not all applicants will receive acknowledgement of their application.” The ‘next Pope application’ ad added, which of course was made by a prankster at Craigslist.

Nevertheless, the next-Pope job listing also mentioned the supposed duties for the successor of Pope Benedict XVI, which include “waving hands to large crowds of people,” “waving incense at functions and events,” and “Tweet from the official account @pontifex.”

For the Skills and Experience, the Craigslist next-Pope ad noted that applicants should have the “ability to disregard any scientific or other breakthroughs that would throw doubt into the religion,” and has “selective memory of events that ‘may have occurred’ involving staff members of the Vatican and Catholic Church.”

For the Salary and Compensation, the successful candidate was noted to be receiving a competitive compensation package, including 7 star residence, access to the Papal helicopter, and staff members/assistants as required, excluding a relocation allowance to be supplied, if applicable.

Interested applicants are being advised to visit the Wikipedia page of the Papal conclave, which is being described as a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, or Pope. In fact, there are some names now being mentioned as strong candidates to be the next Pope.

Meanwhile, here is the real story. Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, will turn 86 this coming April 19. He is the first Pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first Pope to voluntarily resign since Celestine V in 1294, after only five months he was elected as Pope.

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Next Pope application job listing at Craiglist
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