Pope Francis has refused to strengthen security measures and move around in an armored car. It was reported by Reuters citing an interview in the introduction of a new book by Italian author Andrea Tornielli.
Pope realizes he can become the target of an attack, but, unlike its predecessors, does not plan to start moving in armored vehicles.
"I am aware of the risks involved," he said in the introduction to a new book by Italian author Andrea Tornielli. "Maybe I'm reckless but I must say I don't have any fear for myself but I'm always worried about the safety of those who travel with me and above all that of the people that I meet in various countries. There is always the risk of a rash gesture by a madman. But the Lord is always there," he said.
The agency added that the Italian police greatly enhanced security measures in the Vatican area over the past two years after extremist attacks occurred in Europe.
It is noteworthy, that all his predecessors since 1981 moved in the armored car after there was an attempt on Pope John Paul II.