Pope Francis has yet again set an example for all of us here by carrying his own bag onto his flight to Brazil for his first foreign trip for World Youth Day. For those who might be wondering why, it is uncommon for the Holy Father to carry his own baggage or belongings like that. In fact, the Vatican officials have often been criticized for their lavish lifestyles.
Therefore, for the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church to carry his own bag all the way up the stairs to his flight out of Rome is certainly an act of great humility and modesty, especially when he has people who are practically paid to do that for him.
There’s only one contradiction though. It’s the aircraft; a chartered A330 Airbus that’s making the trip just for the Pope and his staff. According to the Washington Post, the Alitalia plane, known colloquially as “Shepherd One,” serves the pope in these official visits, sort of like the U.S. president’s Air Force One.
Sure we can’t ask the Pope to get comfortable in an Economy Class passenger seat and he does have a lot of people to ‘jet’ along with him on his official tours. It’s just that there are some aspects of his life which will forever eclipse his little acts of humility.
Pope Francis is known for his unusual-Vatican ways. For example, he once took a bus. He also said the atheists should be seen as good people if they do good. He is different from his predecessors and this ‘bag’ incident has added to the list.