2022 just started and the internet was dumbfounded by Pope Francis watching a circus troupe perform using Undertale‘s Megalovania, but why? Yesterday, Twitter user UltimaShadowX made the event go viral with the following tweet:
This year just started and we already have the insanity of Megalovania being performed in front of the Pope. pic.twitter.com/QBxGtl9v1c
— Ultima | #вʟм (@UltimaShadowX) January 6, 2022
While it does seem like someone just edited the iconic song from Undertale into the clip, it is in fact, legit. The clip is from a video on the Vatican’s YouTube channel which you can watch below. Note that the circus troupe only appears in 53:23 of the video, while the particular segment which played a jazz rendition of Megalovania is at 1:04:43 into the video.
For context, the entire recording of YouTube video above is a General Audience, which is an event where the Pope greets pilgrims and imparts his benediction (blessing) to all present. The circus troupe that appeared at the end is the Rony Roller Circus and their performance is well, just a performance for the event. Performances may seem out of place in Catholic events, but there’s technically nothing wrong for one to be performed for the congregation present.
As to why the Megalovania was used as part of the performance for Pope Francis and the congregation, some netizens believe it’s because the Pope has played Undertale. YouTuber MatPat of Game Theory acclaim gave Pope Francis a Steam code of Undertale as a present back in 2016, but whether or not the supreme pontiff actually played the game is still unknown.
The more likely explanation why Megalovania was used is due to its popularity. Regardless, the backstory and absurdity behind the entire thing makes “Pope Megalovania” rife for internet discussion. It’s definitely a weird way to start 2022 but hey, at least no one got hurt.
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