September 02, 2015
Knowing Pope Francis's humble style, he probably isn't too picky about his sleeping arrangements when he visits Philadelphia at the end of September. I imagine he'd be the kind of guy who would be cool with crashing on the couch or even just napping in a hammock.
Nevertheless, there is someone out there who cares very much about every aspect of the Pope's visit, down to the mattress he sleeps on. That's why Connecticut company Saatva announced on Wednesday that it will deliver one of its mattresses to the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, so that as it says in the book of Proverbs, "when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."
The bed itself, picked out by Bedding Industries of America, is a Loom and Leaf "eco-luxury memory foam mattress." Perhaps they were thinking about his encyclical Laudato Si, which demanded that humans take action on global climate change?
CEO Ron Rudzin called the mattress "a perfect choice for His Holiness."
Certainly, it would be terrible if he started dozing off on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway because of a poor night's sleep, and many would argue that Pope Francis deserve to sleep on a bed as soft as angel wings.
But again: something tells me that Francis would be just fine with a regular old boxspring from Sleepy's.