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MALTA – A very important religious figure seemed to have had a very bad night’s sleep!

In the capital city of Valleta, tens of thousands of people gathered for an outdoor mass. Pope Benedict XVI took a few moments to rest his eyes and nodded off in front of the crowd.

“It was just for a few seconds,” said an onlooker. “He slumped forward onto his chest.”

The Pope, who turned 83 on Friday, spent only 26 hours in Malta as he flew in on Saturday. Regardless of how long he spent in the country, Pope Benedict was a busy man. The momentary visit to nap time may have been a combination of his age and busy schedule.

Bishop Guido Marini was forced to poke him and wake him.