Franciscan Helicopters?

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Franciscans do not often travel there in helicopter: The papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Franciscans do not often travel there in helicopter: The papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Oh ye who do not live in or near Rome, please arm yourself with Google map and look at the travel directions between Castel Gandolfo and Rome.

On a Saturday morning – that is: without the atrocious Roman traffic, which is also a security risk – you can choose a straight Appian route: Appia Antica, Appia Pignatelli, then Appia Nuova; 28 km (call it 18 miles) and 40 minutes later, and Bob’s your uncle. It’s even a rather scenic route. 

Cars seem, though, too much luxury for a Pope accustomed to travel by bus.

Therefore, it must be the helicopter.

Now, I do not have anything against a Pope using the helicopter. Nothing at all. But you see, I do not talk about “Franciscan simplicity”, either. Nor have I ever invited anyone to avoid traveling…

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Posted on June 19, 2014, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Using a helicopter for such a short distance would not seem to be compatible with being humble.

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