The news is all-Pope all the time today, but there’s one little publicity stunt he wanted to pull that he just wasn’t able to pull off.
Pope Francis told reporters this week that he would like to make a U.S.-Mexico border crossing during his trip to the United States later this year.
“To enter the United States from the border with Mexico would be a beautiful gesture of brotherhood and support for immigrants,” Francis said on his return flight to Rome from his Philippines papal tour. The pope set tentative plans to visit Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. this year, but his itinerary does not included cities on the southern border.
Geez. Was he gonna sign up for welfare benefits too?
And was he gonna hike up his papal vestments and make a mad dash across the frontier, or do it legally? The mind reels at the possibilities.