1. DEATH WISH?

    Pope Francis: ‘Little to Lose’ at My Age

    Pope Francis greets the faithful as he rides in his Popemobile after the canonisation ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 27, 2014. Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to1963 and called the modernising Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II, who reigned for nearly 27 years before his death in 2005 and whose trips around the world made him the most visible pope in history, were declared saints by Pope Francis at an unprecedented twin canonisation on Sunday.   REUTERS/Tony Gentile (VATICAN  - Tags: RELIGION)   - RTR3MSJV

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    In an interview Friday, Pope Francis offered up an explanation for why he has decided to ditch the bulletproof “sardine-can” popemobile. “I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is glass,” he said. “For me it is a wall.” Francis has chosen to use open-top cars whereas Pope Benedict used the bulletproof car introduced after the assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981. Perhaps the most shocking part of the explanation was when Francis admitted, “It is true something could happen to me but let’s be realistic, at my age I do not have much to lose. It is in God’s hands.” Talk about putting your faith in God!

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