The 16 Most Memorable Pope Wardrobe Malfunctions

Who could ever forget any of these unfortunate happenings?

16. March 2012: Cape-Slapped at the Vatican


What a bummer! He was having such a good service until his cape decided to slap him square in the face.

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15. June 2012: The Milan Mega-Flop

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Both hat and cape had a mind of their own on that awkward June day.

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The Holy Spirit was not having it!

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14. September 2012: The St. Pete’s Square Stroke of Bad Luck

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Oh, dear Lord. Who could forget when Papa B’s cape blew up into his face at St. Petersburg Square?

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Luckily, total disaster was averted when Monsignor Georg Gaenswein’s hand saved the day.

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13. April 2012: Whiteout 2012

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This was bad. The pope was reportedly unable to see for a couple of seconds.

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12. March 2012: The Havana Happening

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Blinded yet again, this time was particularly personal as members of his Cuban entourage laughed in the background. How embarrassing!

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11. September 2010: Deuces Wild

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Pope Benedict played it it cool through this unfortunate malfunction by throwing up a “peace” symbol.

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But things got worse.

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10. September 2007: The Austrian Accident

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The pope always dresses up in Austria, and this September day in Vienna was no exception.

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But nope. The cape was not cooperating.

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9. May 2012: Pointed Problems


No idea what was happening that day, but one thing I can tell you is that the cape IS NOT supposed to do that! WTF, cape?!

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8. September 2011: The Berlin Blow


Right in the kicker! Thankfully, the pope was able to recover fairly quickly after this one. Unfortunately, the paparazzi sees all!

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7. June 2007: The Italian Cliffhanger


So close! Everyone in Assisi was wondering if the cape would blow over or not.

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Big props to the guy on cape duty that day.

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6. March 2012: The Cuban Crisis


Love the way he handled this one. The pope escaped this unfortunate debacle with only a few snickers. The man is a pro.

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5. September 2011: The Awkward Arrival


Oh man. We’ve all been there. You know, when you meet someone new and your outfit totally isn’t working out that day. I feel you, Pope.

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4. June 2011: Double Disaster

TWO members of the Pope Posse couldn’t stop this from happening. Ugh!

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3. June 2011: Just One of Them Days (Don’t Take It Personal)


It was a day only the great Monica could understand.

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2. June 2012: The Face-Mask Fiasco


Mother of Pearl! The pope’s face in this picture sums up that day.

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Just completely exhausting.

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1. October 2010: Hat-Winked


Toodle-oo, hat! It just wouldn’t stick that day.

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