Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pope Francis renews his Argentinian passport

Even the Bishop of Rome can't smile for the photo
Argentina's Interior Ministry released this photo of Pope Francis's
newly renewed Argentine passport and identity card.
He has a Vatican passport, which gives him the rights of the head of state, but Pope Francis decided he wanted to renew his Argentinian documents as well.
Holy Father had his photo taken, his fingerprints scanned and his signature recorded. And like other Argentinian citizens, he has to wait several days to receive the passport while his request is processed.

The Argentinian government is reportedly delighted with the Pope’s gesture. Since popes automatically adopt Vatican citizenship, interior minister Florencio Randazzo said the passport renewal “fills us with pride.”
The Catholic News Service adds that officials from Argentina's embassy brought their equipment to the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives, and took his photo and fingerprints there.

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