Pope won't use bullet-proof car on trip to Brazil
Pope Francis will not use bullet-proof popemobiles on his visit to Brazil next week to allow him more direct contact with crowds, despite the security risks.
The Argentinian Pope, who arrives in Brazil on Monday for his first trip outside Italy, will use the same open-top 4x4s he has used during his audiences in St Peter's Square to enable him to reach out to people.
"He feels that for him, communicating directly with the people is better that way," said a Vatican spokesman.
Pope Francis will spend a week in Rio to preside over the Church's World Day of Youth, a gathering dubbed a "Catholic Woodstock" that occurs in a different city every two years. He will also visit the poor and meet young prisoners.