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.
Argentine Interior Ministry / Reuters
Pope Francis' new national identification card. Argentina’s ambassador to the Holy See, Juan Pablo Cafiero said he and his deputy went to the Pope’s hotel in the Vatican gardens last Friday to take Francis’ photo and digital fingerprints.
"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 already holds a passport issued by the Vatican, Randazzo said.
First published February 18 2014, 3:17 AM