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Stephen Colbert speculates where the resigned Pope’s vestments will end up, and somehow the 49ers are involved

Mar 1, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT


Of course you know by now that you can wager on who will become the next Pope: there are more than a dozen gambling sites that will give you sweet action on the new Pontiff. One of the biggest, Paddy Power, has installed Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana as the favorite, at 5/2. ( also has Turkson at 5/2).

We learn this from Thursday’s Colbert Report, in which Stephen Colbert also wondered what will happen to the vestments worn by Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned as of today. Colbert’s speculation: the vestments will be shipped to third-world countries, just like the T-shirts of losing Super Bowl squads (pictured).

As a 49ers fan, I am not amused.

Video caution: adult themes.

Colbert also imagined what the Pope’s retirement ceremony would look like. Would they raise his vestments to the rafters at the Vatican?


“Pope goes the weasel.”