The Pope who is the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion-strong Catholic community, protocol usually dictates that visitors bow to him when they meet him at the Vatican but the Pope has once again shown his willingness to break with tradition by bowing to Muslim royal Queen Rania of Jordan as a Vatican official said the new Pope Francis ‘is not interested in protocol’
‘Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol’, a senior Vatican official told Journalist.
Up until the 19th century, those meeting the pope stoop to kiss his slippers and, to this day, the tradition remains that all visitors, including women, bow to him, the official said.
He even took a “selfie” picture with young teenage girls to show that he is well in tune with modern life
The pope has already amassed more than three million followers on the social networking site Twitter, with his latest picture believed to be the first ever ‘papal selfie’.
Pope Francis has made a concerted effort to understand and integrate with worldwide youth since he succeeded Pope Benedict XVI as he has already charmed the masses with his informal style, simplicity and sense of humour.
He has also being known to personally call people up who have written to him asking for prayers or told him of personal tragedy.
What a good way to go by a leader with simplicity and humility
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