Pope Francis Frees Himself From Confines of Bulletproof Popemobile

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 16:  Pope Francis arrives on his Popemobile for his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on April 16, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Today the Holy Father held his audience on the Wednesday of Holy Week or 'Spy Wednesday' as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Photo: Franco Origlia/2014 Getty Images

Pope Francis loves people: He loves to minister to them and talk to them about what they're wearing and bless their exotic pets, but it's hard to do those things from behind a pane of glass. So, he has decided to stop riding around in the bulletproof Popemobile intended to protect him from assassination attempts. "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," Francis told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia

While this preference has caused Francis's security team some stress, he seems totally comfortable with being out in the open. "It's true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age I don't have much to lose," he said. Ditching the Popemobile also allows Francis to use cars that are more consistent with his cool-guy (for a Pope) image, such as the "silver hatchback Fiat" he was seen in during a recent visit to Rio.