signalled his wish to get closer to his 1.2 billion followers by swapping the bullet-proof Popemobile for an open-top jeep" (Evening Standard).
"abandoning the bullet-proof popemobile often used by Benedict". ( The Independent)
In another sign of the informality that is already a mark of his papacy, Francis abandoned the bullet-proof popemobile frequently used by his more formal predecessor Benedict, to tour the square. (Sky News)Do these reports sound strangely similar to you? 'bullet-proof Popemobile'. I find the level of 'reporting' to be risible. Another example; the article on the Independent's website claims to have been written by Phillip Pullella & Catherine Hornby (although the credit 'Reuters' appears at the bottom of the piece) & includes the line:
For the mass he wore plain white vestments, trimmed with gold and brown, and black shoes, in contrast to the luxurious red loafers that attracted attention under Benedict.Whereas Sky News Website, under the byline 'By Sally Arthy in Rome', contained this sentence:
Francis wore a plain white papal cassock and black shoes in contrast to the luxurious red loafers that attracted attention under Benedict.
Is it shoddy journalism or plagiarism? I won't bore you by listing the factual errors in the various reports, but by the 'surprise' expressed that the new Pope should stop to kiss babies I doubt that any of these 'reporters' had done any 'research' at all. But to judge by the hatchet job they are doing on him you would be forgiven for thinking that Pope Benedict actually ate babies!
|The Holy Father stops to kiss a baby|
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
His Holiness Blessed John Paul II
His Holiness Pope Paul VI
And that other refreshing "novelty" - the open car without bullet-proof glass:
Spot the difference!
|Pope Benedict ready to receive incoming fire!|
|Blessed John Paul II - now he should know better!!!!|
No sign of that pesky bullet-proof glass here either!
Here is the Servant of God Pope Pius XII even managing to bless a baby without being shot at!
Though not all open top cars are the same!