by Alyssa Toomey | Tue., Feb. 18, 2014 3:24 PM
Privileges for the pope? Apparently not in this day and age.
In yet another testament to the fact that Pope Francis seems to be an incredibly humble pontiff, the 77-year-old head of the Catholic Church opted to have his birth country of Argentina renew his passport and identification card.
"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.
"In coming days, he will receive his passport in the Casa Santa Maria in the Vatican, where he has stated he is resident," Randazzo added.
While he's plenty famous as the leader of a large world religion, Pope Francis officially cemented his place in pop culture when he graced the cover of Rolling Stone last month, with the headline blaring "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'" and offering readers a peek "inside the Pope's gentle revolution."
"Since his election last March, Francis has consistently confounded expectations with the simplest of gestures," writer Mark Binelli explained of the former bishop of Buenos Aires.
"Surprising desk clerks at the hotel where he'd been staying during the papal conclave by showing up to pay his own bill; panicking bodyguards by swigging from a cup of maté (the highly caffeinated tealike beverage popular throughout South America) handed to him by a stranger during a visit to Brazil; cracking up cardinals with jokes at his own expense hours after being elected (to those assembled at his first official dinner as pope, he deadpanned, 'May God forgive you for what you've done')."
The esteemed religious figure was also named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in December.