Pope Francis not afraid of Guns
Pope Francis is not afraid of guns, as proven by two acts he did that may be considered enticing danger and lead to big security challenges.
In an interview published by Vatican Radio last Friday, the pope said he is ditching his bullet-proof Popemobile, which was designed to keep the pope safe from attempts to his life whenever he makes a public appearance.
The bullet-proof Popemobile design was introduced in the 1980s after a failed assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II.
Pope Francis said that the Popemobile was a glass ‘sardine can’ that hampers him from his mission of bringing the Church closer to the people. ‘It’s true that anything could happen,’ the pope said, referring to assassination attempts like the one his predecessor experienced.
‘But let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose. I know that something could happen to me, but it’s in the hands of God.’
The pope’s declaration is seen as another security challenge for the Vatican which already grew in intensity after the pope declared in March that mafia ringleaders should repent or ‘end up in hell.’ The warning has been considered one of Vatican’s strongest attacks versus organised crime.
In November, an anti-mafia prosecutor warned Vatican that the pope could be a target of Italian mafia because of his reformations inside the church. Lawyer Nicola Gratteri explained ‘For many years, the Mafia has laundered money and made investments with the complicity of the church. Now the pope is dismantling the poles of economic power in the Vatican, and that is dangerous.’
More recently, a mafia traitor who is now collaborating with Italian police said he wants to confess ‘very important secrets’ to Pope Francis in a one-on-one meeting. The ex-mafia mobster Vincenzo Calcara specifically said he knows something about the disappearance of a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee in 1983.
Calcara said ‘The truth on this incident has been kept hidden for years. To reveal it would be like opening a box and bringing to light truths so weighty as to throw into crisis a system that links the Vatican with other deviant entities.’