VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis is the sovereign of Vatican City and has a Holy See passport. But even dressed in papal white, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is an Argentine citizen with a brand new passport and national identity card.
“The pope wanted to continue having normal Argentine documents,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. “This doesn’t mean that he isn’t also the head of state of Vatican City and the pontiff.”
The pope’s Argentine passport was about to expire, so he asked the Argentine embassy in Rome for help renewing it. Officials went to the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives, Feb. 14 and brought all of their equipment with them.
They took a new, passport-style photograph showing him in his white cassock and zucchetto. The officials also took his fingerprints, as required by law, and promised to have the new documents in his hands in about a week.
“As the head of state,” Father Lombardi said, “the pope has Vatican citizenship and has all the rights of the head of state. If he wants to also have Argentine documents, what’s wrong with that?”
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: