Pope shuns presidential guard escort for Italy state visit amid new security fears over reform

November 14, 2013 1:18 PM

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Pope shuns presidential guard escort for Italy state visit amid new security fears over reform

Once inside the onetime summer residence of popes, Francis walked slowly with President Giorgio Napolitano past the honor guard and then greeted staff members and their children, further evidence of a more casual approach to official duties by the Argentine “slum pope.”

Francis’ shunning of the trappings of the papacy — including its security apparatus — has defined his papacy so far. But his desire to be close to his flock and his aim to curb corruption and waste in the Vatican have raised fresh security fears, beyond the occasional mobbing of his open car by over...

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