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Pope Francis bowed to queen Rania of Jordan when she visited the Vatican with her husband King Abdullah II on Thursday

As head of state at the Vatican, protocol requires visitors to bow to him when they meet him at the Holy See,but this was different.The elderly popeĀ  bowed when he met smiling Rania.

“Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope’s shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol,” a senior Vatican official told The Daily Telegraph.

Pope Francis Bows to Queen Rania of Jordan

Pope Francis Bows to Queen Rania of Jordan

This is not the first time the Pope has broken tradition when receiving visitors.

When Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s president, met him in March, he gave her a kiss after she presented him with a gourd for mate, the traditional Argentine tea.

By UP