posted on May, 15 2014 @ 01:04 PM
Pope shuns bulletproof vehicles for Middle East trip, Vatican
(Reuters) - Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be
allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said on Thursday.
The Vatican, briefing reporters on the trip, also confirmed that a rabbi and an Islamic leader will accompany Pope Francis on his trip to the
Middle East in a gesture of the importance he attaches to inter-religious dialogue.
Francis will visit Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Israel during the May 24-26 trip, his first as pope to the region.
"The pope wants an open popemobile and a normal car. The local security official took the desire of the pope into consideration," said chief spokesman
Father Federico Lombardi.
"I don't think there was too much discussion about that," he said, hinting that local security officials had suggested the use of bulletproof vehicles
but were over-ruled.
is interesting, and inspiring. The Pope has refused to use armoured transportation when he goes to the Middle East.
He will be accompanied by two of his friends,
a rabbi, and an imam.
I see a lot of potential with this - considering they are going to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine in two weeks.
GOOD SHOW, Papa!
A symbolic nose-thumbing to the radical extremists in the region, I think this truly and really demonstrates how serious he is about changing things.
Oh what I would give to sit in while he visits with his 'friends'.
Do you all think it will have an impact? The Muslims and Jews find it impossible to get along, and well, we all know how Christianity is viewed by
both. To have three of them travelling openly will be fabulous. Splendid.
I wonder what speeches they have planned? Will they sit on a 'panel' in front of audiences to discuss things? Or will these friends of his do the
'PR' for their respective religious populations??
I heard this on NPR this morning, but this report is from Reuters.
What do you guys think? I haven't seen ANY indication that Pope Francis is a fraud, so far. Now how he reorganizes the vast wealth of the Vatican to
back up his assertion that legitimate wealth redistribution is appropriate remains to be seen. But the lack of apparent fear is quite noble, in my
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