The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh (all times local):
Pope Francis has traded his popemobile for a rickshaw.
Francis waved to crowds from the backseat of one of Bangladesh’s typical bicycle-pulled carts en route Friday to a meeting of interfaith leaders at the residence of Dhaka’s archbishop.
Bangladeshi dancers serenaded him as he made his way to the stage for the event, where he was to meet with Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
Francis has shunned the bullet-proof popemobiles of his predecessors, opting instead for open-sided vehicles so he can personally greet the crowds when he goes on foreign trips. In South Asia, that has meant a few spins in modified golf carts.
Francis isn’t the first pope to ride a rickshaw, however. St. John Paul II rode in one when he visited Bangladesh in 1986.