During a visit to St. Saviour Parish in Bangui, Uganda over the weekend, The Pope was photographed holding a microphone and his left arm stretched out as if he was about to freestyle.
Clearly, the internet found out about it and had a field day crafting memes and tweets as if Pope Francis was a rapper due to the positioning of his body in the photo.
Mary and Joseph...I 'ship that, Blood of Christ...I sip that. Staying out on Saturday cuz, Sunday school...I skip that. #PopeBars— Vincent Marcus (@VincentMarcus) December 1, 2015
Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin I came to win souls, that's not a sin I won't ever Satan up, punk you better back up #PopeBars— Duncan Whitehead (@DuncanWhitehead) November 30, 2015
Even high profile celebrities got in on the action and commented on the trending topic #PopeBars.
Kerry Washington tweeted:
Uhm #PopeBars ?!?!?! I'm dying! THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 30, 2015
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hip-hop Broadway musical, Hamilton, even threw in a verse:
Lyrical cataclysm Miracle catechism Smack em w that epistle Then Back to the Vaticizzle #PopeBars— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 30, 2015
Rapper Talib Kweli even gave a few bars:
The late rapper, Notorious B.I.G. once said: “You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far.” Now it has gone straight to The Vatican.
Pope Francis does have some musical roots, as last month, he released a progressive rock album called Wake Up!
On the Vatican-approved album, his speeches and hymns were laid over rock music created by Believe Digital.