Nap Judgement

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was introduced as Pope Francis, I was thrilled that I had a name in common with the new Pope. An article in the Vatican Insider pointed out something else that I had in common with the Pope until recently:

Francis’ alarm clock goes off at 4:45 every morning in room 201 in St. Martha’s House, when everything is still pitch black. Such an early start to the day means Francis has to have a siesta after lunch. Juan Perón called this time of rest an “almost liturgical must” which made it possible for him to fit “two mornings” into his day.

When I worked the early-morning shift, I would get out of bed at 4:45 a.m. In the late afternoon, I would change into nightclothes and sleep for about three hours before going out for the evening.

I don’t know why he’s quoted in the Vatican Insider, but Evita’s husband was right about waking up from a nap. I also would have coffee and treat the evening like a second morning.

My best guess is that Perón was quoted because he and the Pope were both from Argentina. The writer could have easily searched Google for “famous people who take naps” and found that Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson all changed clothes and went to bed in the middle of the day.

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