January 8th, 2014
01:38 PM ET

Holy Hitchhiker: Pope gives pal a ride on the Popemobile

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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(CNN) - In yet another breach of normal papal protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday gave a pal a lift on the world's most exclusive ride: the Popemobile.

According to Catholic News Service, the holy hitchhiker was the Rev. Fabian Baez, a priest from Francis' former Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, whom the pope spotted in the crowd at St. Peter's Square.

As he helped the priest onto the Popemobile, Francis told Baez, "The picture will go around the world,” CNS reports. The beaming priest rode around St. Peter's Square and was given a special seat at the Pope's speech to the crowd.

During the Pope's speech, he urged the crowd to remember their baptism.

"Many of us do not have the slightest memory of the celebration of this Sacrament, obviously, if we were baptized shortly after birth," Francis said. "It is important! It is important to know what day you were immersed in that current of salvation of Jesus!"

Baez later tweeted in Spanish, “I’m going to change my biography. The poor priest who got on the popemobile today with #PopeFrancis”.

Mark another point for the "Pope of the people."

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- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis

soundoff (585 Responses)
  1. truth for all

    what a load of &^^% from this pope.. More junk PR

    January 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Henry

    IMO, the world's most exclusive vehicle is Air Force One.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
  3. Factcheck29

    Way to go Pope!!
    Dimantle all the trappings of office and make other leaders and politicians remember that they are one among equals and no greater or holier than their fellow beings.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
  4. Jpm224

    Everyone loves this pope because he does things like this...His security detail probably hates him for the same reason.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
  5. MB

    Hey. Who are we to judge? Pope is a person. I like that

    January 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
  6. Bill

    I wonder how many Christians would die defending their religion when it gets right down to it. How many Americans would be willing to die for their country today. Then take a look at all the mideast countries in the world to see what is going on there. Is all the fightiong about whose God is God or is it Rich against Poor or just terrorists who kill for no reason at all. Egypt was not attacked by a foreign government, Libya was not attacked by a foreign government, Syria was not attacked by a foreign government. Terrorism is the real enemy of every country and civilized person. Homegrown Terrorism is more alive in America than terrorists from abroad. We must all rise up against terrorists in our own countries before we reach out to help foreign countries.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
  7. Greenspam

    This Pope is a Marxist – Limbaugh.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
    • Patrick in Wisconsin

      Now that just says it all.

      January 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
  8. JM

    This pope is truly wonderful and exemplifies the gospel.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Ulysses Thunderhawk

    And... the cd playin' in the Pope-mobile was?... Pusha T's "My Name Is My Name"... So the Pope is down with hard rap!!!

    January 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
  10. unowhoitsme

    I love this Pope!!! He walks his talk so many times, that his feet are raw! He's the Real Thing!!

    January 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
    • Realist

      Translation: Benedict sucked as pope.

      January 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
      • JDD

        Translation of Realist's comment: "Someone likes the Pope and I have to change the subject quickly."

        January 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
  11. Wesc2

    No way?! He gave a ride to a old friend who also happens to be a priest? How saintly!!! Religion is a joke.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
    • JM

      You seem to have missed about 99.999% of what this man has done.

      January 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
      • Jimmy

        The pope needs to put his money where his mouth is.

        January 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
  12. American

    Catholicism is the only Christianity this world needs. I have attended them all (well, most) and I can attest that the substance is either the SAME or lacking in other masses. The only obvious differences are the used car salesman-esque priests whose personal profits are through the roof, or masses that emphasize a "party" type atmosphere (because the congregation apparently can't handle somber reflection). A modern, reformed Catholicism is 100X preferable to this free-for-all ocean of hack cult operations.

    Not Catholic. Just expressing some truth.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
  13. Clear and Present Thinker

    Driver, stop the car! I know that guy.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
  14. Don

    It's a good thing the Pope isn't here in the upper Midwest of the U.S. He would undoubtedly have become a "Popesicle" by now.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Jessica McGwin

    He is just a trip. I bet his security team is wondering what on earth they have gotten themselves into. He is a wild rebel. LOL

    January 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  16. Bob Dobalina

    Is electus est, qui infra nos est. Nunc tempus est. Gaudete.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
  17. sly

    Newsflash: President Bush picked up a hitchhiker once in Air Force 1. He let Dick Cheney ride with him.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm |
    • jack

      Dude, spit my water out. Great one!!

      January 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
    • D

      LOL! Just wet my pants!

      January 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
  18. Dawn Kieballs

    So exactly how is this related to Benghazi? GO!

    January 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm |
  19. DL

    What a coincidence. Frankie picked me up last week while hitchhiking too – we split a blunt & grooved to Led Zepplin... he's cool – makes me think that there is hope in religious people afterall..

    January 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm |
  20. snowdogg

    The Pope is racking up a lot of popularity points!

    January 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm |
    • A dose of reality

      Popular yes,,,,actually doing anything different.....no

      January 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
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