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ROME (RNS) "It's about marketing," said Piero Pazzi, the photographer behind the annual calendar featuring attractive priests of Italy. "It's a souvenir, not a statement of any kind."


  1. It’s a good thing Christianity was man by and designed for men, or Mathew 5:28 may be an issue for women while checking out these priestly “Beefcakes”.

      • Yea you were trying to be arrogant and condescending and I think Jesus Christ commanded the Holy Spirit to rebuke you with your own mistake.

    • Well, beauty is beauty, whether it’s in the church or out of the church. One should be very honestly ready to recognize beauty no matter where it is found. Even though “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” it is as sacred as anything else and deserves recognition and respect. Since these priests are so well covered, it can’t be properly called a “beefcake” collection, but they are very exceptionally handsome faces.

  2. Unless the calendar has recently changed, the same photos are used each year. It’s a one-time expense for Pazzi with undoubtedly major income each year.

    If Pazzi were smart, he would sell them via the internet.

    • I was just going to say the exact same thing that Jim said. I wrote about this calendar seven years ago and the same exact photos are still being used. Dust this thing off, it’s a relic. It’s touristy shlock and can sell indefinitely to people who are in Rome once in their lives. Pazzi (Mr. “Crazies” when translated) sells one in Venice with gondoliers. For those of us who live here, it’s novel at first, then just as ridiculous and banal as the fake University of Rome sweatshirts and aprons with David’s family jewels on them. Hardy har har. However the use of the word “beefcake” was fun. You sure don’t hear that too often.

  3. I wonder whether the Vatican has had any word with Pazzi. It recently raised a stink to Fiat after the company redecorated the roof liner of one of its new 500’s with a reproduction of the Creation centerpiece on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and planned to exhibit the car at auto shows..