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Apr 21, 2014 12:54 PM

How I bought Pope Francis Beef Jerky....................(this is not a joke, please read)

How I bought Pope Francis Beef Jerky (this is not a joke)

A friend of mine from high school, Robert N., received the calling and decided to dedicate his life in service of God as a Catholic Priest. I discovered this on Facebook approximately 5 years ago. At this time he was serving the poorest of the poor in the world, living in villages in 3rd world countries, both practicing and spreading the word of God to the world’s most impoverished people.

In 2011 he was given a chance to come home to New Jersey to visit family and friends, he was generous enough to share some of his time with me to discuss his calling and his new life. (See picture #1)

A few months ago I was pleased to read an update on Facebook that he received a transfer to Rome Italy and was living in modern accommodations. In his status update he was stating how happy he was to be living with modern conveniences, which he had done with out for several years prior. He also lamented that although he had these conveniences again, some of his longings from home were not available in Italy (perhaps in all of Europe I don’t know). Those longings were for beef jerky and Snyders hard pretzels. I read this and contacted him asking him for his address and I would ship out some beef jerky to him, however I had one contingency;

“If you are in Rome now and I send you beef jerky, I fully expect you to get some into Big Franks hands. (Big Frank is Jersey-speak for Pope Francis). I want you to give Big Frank some beef jerky, when he becomes addicted I want to be his “supplier” and I want to get in tight with Big Frank. This will include some one on one time with him and a ride in the Pope-Mobile”.

I shipped the beef jerky and it was received by my friend about 2 weeks later. (see picture #2). Mission accomplished………so I thought.

Yesterday I received the following message from Brother Bob;

“Robert N: PS, Robert H. (me)--Two weeks ago, I gave the head of the Papal household a bag of beef Jerky with your name and address on it. yesterday I asked if he gave it to the Pope, and he said yes. Had I known at the time that I would have an opportunity to give it to the Pope myself, I would have waited. But your plan of getting the Pope addicted to Beef Jerky has been set in motion!”

For those that don’t know the Head of the Papal Household is the equivalent to the Pope’s Butler, he run’s the Pope’s personal residence, including his kitchen. The Pope has LITERALLY received Beef Jerky I have sent him!!!!!

The reason Brother Robert says; “Had I known at the time I would have the opportunity to give it to the Pope myself”, is because Brother Robert was chosen to serve Easter Sunday Mass with Big Frank!!! (see picture #3 & 4).

That my friends is how I bought the Pope beef jerky. I will let you know if I get a thank you note from Big Frank. I kid you not this is all 100% accurate. (Even I’m not crazy enough to make a story up regarding the Pope!!!)

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  1. All this and you didn't even tell us what kind of beef jerky it was? I hope it was some special pope-worthy meat!

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    1. re: Jacquilynne

      As you can kind of see in the picture of my friend with the gift package contents I sent him, I picked a variety of jerky for him. He didn't indicate to me which brand he gave to the Papal Household so I really have no idea which brand Big Frank received.

      It was funny because I nixed sending the Snyder Pretzels just because they have so many different types I was unsure which he really liked, so I just stuck with the jerky.

      1. re: jrvedivici

        Honey Mustard & Onion Nibblers, of course!

        1. re: greygarious

          Exactly!!! Those are my favorites and honestly that's all I thought they made. When I went to get them I realized Snyder has a shit load of variety of pretzels and pretzel products. That's why I just stuck to the jerky.

          1. re: greygarious

            So epic. Only (possibly) rivaled by cheez itz in the snack kingdom.

      2. Cool story! Thanks for sharing. :-D

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        1. re: UTgal

          You should have seen my face when I got the message from my friend yesterday. lol I'm glad you enjoyed.

        2. "Big Frank" gave me a good laugh. Will have to share with my in-laws from NJ.

          1. Why the hell is one guy in picture #4 kissing that other guys hand?

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            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

              Assuming this isn't a joke it is customary to "kiss the Pope's Ring" when you meet him. Here is the wiki link regarding it.


              The mafia replicated this practice into their tradition(s) as well.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                Ahhhh, figured that guy might have been the pope, with the funny hat and slightly different costume. Wasn't aware of that practice, thanks for info. That must get so annoying for the pope to have to deal with that all the time.

                I hope this story isn't a joke, you actually sent the pope beef jerky, that cracks me up. Post pics of you in the popemobile when that goes down.

            2. I can not "recommend" this post enough!!! So very cool, thank you for sharing!