Being the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican City is a major destination to believers and those who simply want to check out the holy city. This city-state's most popular resident—by far—is the pope. This leader of the entire church is mysterious as he is mesmerizing, and his job pretty much requires him to keep a straight face, always.
The popemobile gets almost as much attention as the pope himself. Pope Francis—who has been leading the worldwide church since 2013—decided to forgo the typical bulletproof popemobile we have grown to know. The 266th pope has opted for an open-top vehicle. "It's true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age I don't have much to lose," he stated, showcasing that he's a pretty personable guy.
3. One Of The Pope's Recent Outings Concerned Many
During a recent visit to Colombia, Pope Francis was spotted with a very distinct look. The pope was sporting a black eye on his last day visiting the South American country, sending on-lookers and news outlets into a frenzy. How—and why—did the holiest man in the universe possibly get hit in the face?
On his last day in Colombia, Pope Francis was set to visit the city of Cartagena, and he had hundreds of people waiting to see him. Upon his arrival, the pope was seen with a black eye and a small bandage above his eyebrow. Everyone was then alerted that the popemobile was the culprit of the pope's obvious injuries.
Pope Francis had lost his balance when the popemobile had come to a complete stop a little too quickly. As a result, he bumped his head, causing a bruise below his eye and a cut above his eyebrow. Suddenly, Pope Francis has become almost human-like—if just for a moment.
Not even the white cassock of Pope Francis was spared. He was pictured with blood stains—from the cut to his left eyebrow—on his attire. The incident itself did not go unnoticed, as it happened right in front of the masses awaiting his arrival.
7. The Incident Occurred As He Approached The Crowds
As Pope Francis was waving to the crowds, he bumped his head on the top of the new and improved popemobile. If his defense, the pope only has a bar that is waist-high to keep him from falling, which could leave anyone in an unstable situation when the car comes to a quick stop. The pope continued his travels as if nothing had happened.
The Pope finished his last day in Colombia on a high note—even though he looked like he just got into a fist fight. Pope Francis didn't hesitate to pray. His last day in Colombia involved visiting a missionary's grave—whose noble cause is very dear to his heart.
Pope Francis prayed at the tomb of a 17th-century missionary named St. Peter Claver. Claver ministered to African slaves that were bought and sold through the port of Cartagena during the colonial era. Self-described as the "slave of the slaves forever," Claver holds a special place in the heart of our current pope.
The pope claimed that the Catholic Church should take after Claver's dedication to fighting for the less fortunate. The church should "promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking," he stated.
Pope Francis ended the mass urging Colombian citizens to come together as one. "Colombia, your brothers, and sisters need you. Go out to meet them. Bring them the embrace of peace, free of all violence," he urged. The Colombian people were more than grateful for the pope's sacrifices to stand before them—including his new battle scars.
Ricardo Morales—a lawyer who stood outside St. Peter Claver’s church to see Pope Francis—had an uplifting way of describing the pope's unfortunate new bruises. "This holy blood is staying in Colombia. He made a great effort to be here and from now on it’s our obligation to make a similar effort to thank him for everything he has done," the lawyer stated.
13. Luckily, Pope Francis Is A Remarkably Personable Guy
The pope wants nothing more than to be closer to his people. The majority of his reasoning behind a new, open-top popemobile was to maintain a connection with the crowds. He called the old, bullet-proof model a "sardine can," because it closed him off from the people he aims to serve.
Ever since there was an attempted-assassination on Pope John Paul II in 1981, the popemobile has been appropriately decked out in bulletproof glass. Pope Francis is willing to risk his life to keep a connection with people. "I know that something could happen to me, but it's in the hands of God," the pope stated.
15. We're Just Glad He's Okay—And Recovery Was Swift
With a little ice and bandaging, Pope Francis was as good as new. This 80-year-old is dedicated to his work and helping citizens of the world, and there is no time for dwelling over minor popemobile accidents. All in a day's work, Pope Francis.