By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli
Pope Francis indeed has a mask. It’s unadorned and white, just a shade paler than his papal cassock.
But he almost never wears it.
Francis is far from the only world figure to buck the best safety protocols of the pandemic era. But his habits are particularly puzzling, given that he is 83, missing part of a lung and has talked with clarity about the ravages of the virus. Vatican watchers are worried, and say Francis seems to almost be daring an infection, perhaps while trying to show that his personable style won’t be cowed by the coronavirus’s danger.
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