Pope Francis is causing quite a stir for his refusal to ride in bullet-proof Popemobiles during public appearances.
The 77-year-old pontiff says he detests being restricted in a “sardine can” because it prevents him from interacting with regular people, The Telegraph reports.
Speaking on the concerns expressed for his safety, he said:
“It’s true that anything could happen, but let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose. I know what could happen, but it is in God’s hands…
I remember in Brazil, they’d provided for me an enclosed Popemobile, but I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is made of glass. For me it is a wall.”
The Pope has opted to use open-top cars in contrast to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who rode in a bullet-proof Popemobile – a measure implemented after the attempted assassination of John Paul II in St Peter’s Square in 1981.
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