The Pope's New Passport

So the Pope went to the passport office. That sounds like the beginning of a joke, but even the world leader of the Catholic Church needs to cross earthly borders every now and then, so obviously, he needs a passport.

But what does a papal passport look like? Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, told the Argentinian government that he wants to travel the world as a regular Argentine and "not a privileged citizen of the Vatican City," so he decided to renew his passport and ID card as such.

"Francis specifically asked not to enjoy any privileges so his new identification card and passport have been processed through the usual administrative channels," said Minister Florencio Randazzo in this NBC News post. "In coming days, he will receive his passport in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, where he has stated he is a resident."

I don't know about you, but that passport photo is definitely special. You see, my local passport office would've rejected the application because he's not looking straight at the camera. Religious headgear is usually allowed, but I think Pope Francis lost the opportunity to really make a statement when he went with the zucchetto instead of the mitre or the papal tiara.

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