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Pope Asleep? Benedict XVI Appears To Sleep During Malta Mass (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 06/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET

He wouldn't be the first person to fall asleep in church, though he's the last one you would expect.

Benedict XVI appeared to nod off during a Sunday mass in Malta, leaving Guido Marini (seated to his right) no other option but to poke the Pope. Perhaps that's in the job description for Marini, the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.

These photos may not help that asleep-on-the-job image the Pope's been struggling with.

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Holy Sleep!

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