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Pope Francis Slips Into Bolivian Burger King to Change Clothes

By    |   Friday, 10 Jul 2015 01:27 PM

Pope Francis ducked into a Burger King bathroom to don his mitre and vestments before celebrating mass in Bolivia on Thursday.

As the BBC reported, Francis rode through the streets of Santa Cruz in his pope mobile for a half hour before arriving at Christ the Redeemer square, where hundreds of thousands awaited his blessing. 

The humble pope then slipped inside the fast-food restaurant before taking the podium.

During his sermon, Francis decried the evils of materialism, calling unfettered capitalism "the dung of the devil." He went on to lament that poorer countries provide raw material and cheap labor for richer countries.

Elsewhere in the speech, he turned to the subject of the Middle East, saying, "our [Christian] brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus."

According to The Telegraph U.K., he also attacked the "new colonialism" of austerity, and acknowledged that "grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God" in past centuries — a similar message to that of St. John Paul II during a 1992 visit to the Dominican Republic.

The apology was directed at Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales, as well as the many indigenous people gathered.

During a one-on-one visit with Morales, the president handed the pope a modified crucifix, whereupon Jesus was crucified upon a hammer and sickle, the Communist symbol of the Russian Revolution.

The pope looked quite surprised and possibly offended by the symbol.

A Vatican spokesperson later said, "Certainly, it will not be put in a church."

 


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