The Christian Post-Sept 1st, 2013: Pope Francis Bows to Jordan’s Muslim Queen, Breaks Protocol

27 Sep

Sayyid Amiruddin

Pope Francis bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II, breaking once again with protocol that requires visitors to bow to him when they see him at the Holy See.

“Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope’s shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol,” U.K.’s The Daily Telegraph quoted a senior Vatican official as saying.

The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide bowed to Queen Rania, who has been vocal about the importance of cross cultural and interfaith dialogue, on Thursday. Francis apparently did not bow toward her husband, the king, Daily Mail noted.

Pope Francis has shown he cares little about tradition or protocol.

A few months ago, he caused a ripple through the…

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