Weird and weirder gifts

There’s this buzz about Pope Francis receiving an ostrich egg during his visit here.

Some people reacted, asking if the Pope could be given something better, something “solid and sturdy.” After all, he is the successor of St Peter, the Rock; you know how eggs are.

In fairness to the ostrich egg, though, it’s actually a work of art. Using leaves from trees felled by typhoon Yolanda in 2013, artist Fernando “Pando” Manipon created a delicate mosaic out of the leaves, depicting St Peter’s Basilica on the egg’s convex surface.

Compare this with the garden seeds US President Barack Obama gave to His Holiness last year. I mean, seeds, for Pete’s sake! 😛


Header image: screenshot from Obama image: screenshot from a BBC webpage.

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Daryl Zamora

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