Home > News > World
Tuesday February 18, 2014 MYT 3:25:02 AM
Tuesday February 18, 2014 MYT 3:25:55 AM
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Pope Francis wants to travel the world as a regular Argentine and not a privileged citizen of the Vatican City microstate, Argentina said on Monday.
The head of the Catholic Church and former bishop of Buenos Aires has asked his birth country to renew his passport and identification card, the country's interior and transportation ministry said.
"Francis specifically asked not to enjoy any privileges so his new identification card and passport have been processed through the usual administrative channels," Minister Florencio Randazzo said.
"In coming days, he will receive his passport in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, where he has stated he is a resident," Randazzo said.
Francis has opted to live in the smaller Vatican guest house instead of the official papal apartments, part of the humble lifestyle he has embraced since assuming the papacy last year.
Argentina's government, which enjoys drawing attention to the popular new pope's roots, released pictures of Francis' new identification card on Monday.
Francis already holds a passport issued by the Vatican, Randazzo said.
(Reporting by Guido Nejamkis; Writing by Mitra Taj; Editing by Jan Paschal)
Argentine opposition leader Massa wins Buenos Aires mid-term
Argentine opposition leader Massa leading in Buenos Aires primary
Argentina's president to take month off for brain hematoma
Argentina's dictatorship economy chief Martinez de Hoz dies
Argentina city names street after Pope Francis
Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow business jet accident
Indonesian president ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern
Canada police kill 'radicalised' driver after he rams two soldiers
Polls shows Rousseff gaining momentum as Brazil election nears
Libya parliament allies with renegade general, struggles to assert authority
Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols
Turan shrugs off criticism of Atletico style
Checked baggage not free on Air Canada
Four Customs officers charged with bribery over liquor smuggling
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)