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Pope nixes popemobile for Rio trip

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NICOLE WINFIELD

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is forgoing the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to Brazil for the Catholic Church's youth festival, further evidence that he has no qualms about tweaking the Vatican's security operations for the sake of getting closer to the faithful.

The Vatican said Wednesday that the Argentine pope will use the same open-topped car he uses for zooming around St. Peter's Square to move about Rio de Janeiro, where he arrives July 22 for the week-long World Youth Day fest. He'll use a closed car for longer-distance drives, but the open-topped car for milling about the crowds.

In recent times, popes have always used the protected popemobile for forays outside Rome. Francis, however, ended that tradition when he used an open-topped Fiat during his recent visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Francis has made a point of changing Vatican protocol, especially where it concerns the trappings of the papacy and his ability to connect with ordinary people. He eschewed Vatican security on his first outing as pope when he visited a Roman basilica the day after his election, and he has chosen to live in the Vatican hotel rather than the fancy, enclosed Apostolic Palace, to be with more ordinary folk.

The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi announced the change Wednesday during a briefing about the pope's July 22-28 trip, saying it was "clearly" Francis' personal decision to leave the popemobile home.

"It's in continuity with what he does here," Lombardi said. "He feels good to be in close communication with the environs around him, and this car lets him get on and off."

Lombardi said he didn't know if Brazilian security had had to change course as a result of Francis' decision. The pope's personal security detail would do as they do while he is in St. Peter's, walking alongside the car, he said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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