When the Pope landed in Turkey, he was wearing a super-fly white coat. (I am SO putting it on my Christmas list.) However, Shawn noticed he was wearing no cross, at least not apparent to the casual observer. Question is - why?
Maybe he didn’t want to look overtly Christian, thinking he might offend (or offend again, perhaps) the Muslims in Turkey?
Maybe he has a travel outfit that is more scaled down and doesn’t include all the Pope paraphernalia?
Maybe he left his cross in the overhead bin by mistake?
Maybe the cross set off the airport security alarm and they made him take it off?
Later he had the full outfit on, but when he first landed he definitely had a kind of different look about him. Here in the lobby of Drury Inn in Columbia, a few of us attending the Residents in Ministry meeting have been speculating about the theological implications of the Pope’s wardrobe.
What do y’all think?