In an unexpected announcement Ditta Annabile Gammarelli has revealed that it is making the first Pontifical Bermuda Shorts. The white shorts will be worn by the Holy Father at public audiences in order the reveal his new tattoos.
In accordance with his recent advice to priests (‘tattoos can initiate contact with modern youth’) Pope Francis has had both calves tattooed – the left with an image of Our Lady of Fatima, and the right with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Panels of white muslin will expose the holy images when the Pope is wearing an alb; and his fingers, tattooed with the words ‘Mercy’ and ‘Love’ (in English), will be clearly visible during the celebration of Mass
It is rumoured that he has also had a tattoo of the words ‘Nuovo Paradigma’ along the length of his spine (which obviously in normal circumstances will remain invisible).
Sadly Monsignor Dario Viganò, was strangely absent from the press conference at which these new developments were revealed.
Examples of work taken from the catalogue of Sgnr Antonio Mastrelli, the Papal Tattooist