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The mob scene witnessed as Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday took place because his driver made a wrong turn, church and Brazilian authorities said.

Rio Transportation Secretary Carlos Osorio said the Fiat that Francis was riding in from the airport to the city center inadvertently turned into the wrong side of a 12-lane thoroughfare, known as Avenida Presidente Vargas.

Instead of taking the left lanes that were free of traffic, the car turned into the right lanes cluttered with buses and taxis, forcing the pontiff's car to stop, he said.

Thousands of faithful who lined the streets then rushed the car, reaching into the pope's open window, many taking photos of him with their phones.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, acknowledged that the pope's motorcade took a wrong turn but he said the pope was never concerned for his safety, even if his secretary who was sitting with him in the car was.
"His secretary was afraid, but the pope was happy, with his hand out the window waving," Lombardi said.

He minimized the concerns, saying the mob scenes were merely an expression of the "enthusiasm" of the crowds.

"There are no concerns for security. The concerns are that the enthusiasm is so great that it's difficult to respond to so much enthusiasm for the pope. But there is no fear and no concern," Lombardi told reporters.

The wrong turn taken by the pope's driver and ensuing mob scene didn't explain, however, the clear lack of security later as Francis rode in his open-air vehicle that was also surrounded by screaming faithful.

Lombardi acknowledge there might have been some "errors" that need correcting.


"This is something new, maybe also a lesson for the coming days," he said.

Oswaldo Chaves, a 40-year-old Catholic who saw the papal motorcade, dismissed concerns about the pontiff's security and how the scene might be viewed outside Brazil.

"That was only the happiness of the people, the affection of the people for the pope," he said. "Any criticism would be wickedness against Brazilians."

.http://news.yahoo.com/wrong-turn-popes-car-leads-brazil-mob-scene-011210826.html
He may be infallible on matters of faith and morals but don't be surprised if you get lost in traffic.
:LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
I was wondering how HH's driver took a wrong turn when the Papal coach was following two other vehicles and a police escort?

If HH keeps this up, we might have a Conclave sooner than latter.  :'(( 
Why is papal security having so much trouble these days?  It's like no one's ever had to guard a pope before.
(07-23-2013, 12:52 PM)dark lancer Wrote: [ -> ]Why is papal security having so much trouble these days?  It's like no one's ever had to guard a pope before.

It is the Rock Star Pope syndrome.
...and the cops there found a bomb at a Marian Shrine HH was scheduled to visit. This is dangerous stuff.

tim
...and HH refuses to us the pope mobile like his predecessors. Very dangerous and makes him a sitting duck.
...but HH's actions  of fearlessness in humility appeal very much to me. I think we've had far too many Popes with plans to fix and fail. HH appears to be leaving it up to the God Almighty acting in the Holy Ghost to guide and protect. Pray them rosaries HH is out there without a net.

tim
(07-23-2013, 05:33 PM)Tim Wrote: [ -> ]...but HH's actions  of fearlessness in humility appeal very much to me. I think we've had far too many Popes with plans to fix and fail. HH appears to be leaving it up to the God Almighty acting in the Holy Ghost to guide and protect. Pray them rosaries HH is out there without a net.

tim

I feel the same way, Tim. However..........his friendliness & fearlessness does call for REALLY good security. I wonder who is guarding him IN his apartments & the Vatican. It pains me to say this, but I think that his real danger lies within.