Today Show: Security For Pope Francis
During the installation of Pope Francis this week, a lot of people are wondering about the security surrounding the new Pope. The Today Show’s Matt Lauer pointed out that protection for the new Pope is going to be a challenge because this is a man who likes people and wanted to meet the people that come to see him.
“He likes people and he likes to touch people,” Lauer said. “He is a pastor and he gets his energy from the people.”
Hurricane Francis, as many people have been calling him lately, is just getting used to his role as Pope. He took his first ride in the Pope Mobile the other day, he spent time greeting dignitaries and he talked with the people who came to see him, even going so far as to wade into the crowd and kiss a baby. As the Today Show put it, he is going to be a nightmare for the Swiss Guards.
A former Secret Service agent told the Today Show he expects the head of security for the Pope to sit down with Pope Francis sometime this week and let him know he can not just wander around in the crowd for security reasons.
Today Show: Assassination Attempt On Pope John Paul II
The Today Show brought up the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981, saying the security measures around St. Peter’s Square have been amped up since then. Fences have been erected, the Pope Mobile is not an open air vehicle any longer and everyone stepping foot in the square must go through metal detectors. But is it enough protection for a Pope who sees no problem interacting with people he meets?
As the former Secret Service agent said, Pope Francis is going to have to get used to being recognized as a world leader. But who is going to tell the Pope he cannot express his love for his people? He has shown time and time again he wants to go out and he wants to meet with his faithful followers in the square.
Do you think the security around the new Pope will get stricter with time?