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I would like to ask a question that has been bothering me for a few days. I really hope I don't offend anyone and receive a helpful response. I myself am a Christian (although I am not Catholic). I happened to come across a picture of Pope Benedict doing a hand signal that I am not sure what it means or in what context Pope Benedict did this, but there seem to be many anti-Catholic views about this, with many saying that it is an illuminati hand signal, implying that Pope Benedict is part of the illuminati. While I am quite sure that Pope Benedict is not part of the illuminati, I would like for someone to give me a good explanation of this hand signal, what it means and why Pope Benedict did it.
1) Here is the picture if I am talking about
2) Here is another similar one
3) There is also this one, which one website seems to claim is a masonic hand sign? I don't know if it is a masonic hand sign though. Can someone please explain this?
Can someone please explain the hand signs in these 3 pictures for me?
I wasn't sure if I should post this here or not, but I would really like to read a reply to these claims and wasn't sure where I could find one so I thought it might be a good idea to post it here.
[Warning: sarcasm] The first two? He's a fan of the University of Texas Longhorns and is giving fellow fans the "Hook 'em Horns." The third? People need to get a hobby. [Here endeth the sarcasm.]
seriously? People have a unending talent for reading things into pictures that aren't there. 10 years on, we still have people who see the blurry footage of the Pentagon attack as proof that it was a missile instead of a jet liner hitting the building. What happened is probably His Holiness in the first two was waving and the photographer just happened to snap the shot while the Pope's fingers were at an awkward angle. Or, he was just giving a blessing and the photographer caught him midway through changing the position of his hands. There is a -1000% chance that His Holiness is going to come out as a satanist or something, and given his age and the location, no, he's not a headbanger either. (Nobody mentioned it, just throwin' that out there... :bluelite: )