Ever wondered what it would be like to hear the Pope spit a few rap bars or drop a lyrically dope album? Twitter has you covered.
On Monday,while Pope Francis toured parts of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, a country wracked in recent years by civil strife. He made a statement urging both Muslims and Christians alike to embrace unity and reconciliation.
In his statement, he said “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters, we must, therefore, consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such.” while speaking at a mosque in Bangui.
However amidst the Pope’s grave message, Twitter added some welcome humor to his visit. Yesterday, an image started making the rounds of the Pope holding a microphone at a camp for the internally displaced and featured the Pope looking like he was about to share a message or perhaps ‘drop some bars’. And so he did, via Twitter.
Twitter was suddenly awash in the holy glow of #PopeBars. With meme-worthy photo of Pope Francis gripping a microphone alongside hip-hop lyrics inspired by His Holiness.
Lucky for Pope Francis, or us, really, he often creates poses that make you think he's about to drop bars — for the uninitiated, that means to spit lyrics or simply rap.
But now the meme has grown widespread under the hashtag #PopeBars. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ta-Nehisi Coates got in on the action.
Here some of the dope lyrics trending on Twitter:
Lyrical cataclysm Miracle catechism Smack em w that epistle Then Back to the Vaticizzle #PopeBars
My psalms are sweaty, pages wet, arms are ready, the spirit in my body already, lord's spaghetti.
Yall need to cop this tape #HolyGhost#PopeBarspic.twitter.com/ePIWau9zjC
— E2MELENG (@etwizle) November 30, 2015
“It’s me Yung Pope Drop holy bars so dope Stay fresher than Severus Snape When I rock MY sanctified cape” #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/3iCEIOJAiW— Cher Chez Shawtay (@FeministaJones) November 30, 2015
“when you see me pop your collar. Money ain’t a thing, I’ll son Creflo Dollar” #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/Dil50K62wq— Just Sayin, I Tried (@thvpelo) November 30, 2015
— Mista D (@ees1996) July 14, 2015
Small-time atheist, fall back with your evil, God’s in my squad, and my crib’s a cathedral #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/Oqfc5BPilr— M. Salinas (@okMute) November 30, 2015
— Schmidt (@JamesLedwaba_) November 30, 2015
“God had a mixtape he named it the Bible, Jesus had a rap crew called it the disciples” #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/s9bu5PfHci— Crenshaw BLVD (@FloydSupreme) November 30, 2015
as i walk through the valley of the shadow of death i take a look at my life and realize i’m @pontifex#popebarspic.twitter.com/B4goCfYrCR— brent (@brntrydn) November 30, 2015
“birthdays was the worst days now I sip Christ’s blood when I’m thirst-ay” #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/HfXdkNliLL— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) November 30, 2015
My beats are righteous / My lyrics Jesuitical Even Protestants go Roman / When I drop my next encyclical #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/Mbtf93QsMF— peter manseau (@petermanseau) November 30, 2015
“I blast on Judas Iscariot, and peel off in the chariot…” pic.twitter.com/qmwZi7S1xr— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 30, 2015
Coldest rapper to ever call Rome my home/ Rhymes so real Moses could set em in stone #PopeBars@netw3rkpic.twitter.com/2zjhE71XIc— Sam Johnson (@sgjohn_vt) November 30, 2015
feel free to add your own bars too....