Pope rejects some of the luxuries and privileges of his new job

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 7:34 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (HOHR'-hay bur-GOHG'-lee-oh) was known for his common touch. The son of middle-class Italian immigrants denied himself the luxuries that previous cardinals there enjoyed. He lived in a simple apartment, often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals, and regularly visited the slums around Argentina's capital.

And he's continuing to display that style as Pope Francis, rejecting some of the trappings that come with his new position.

Immediately after his election, according to U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Francis turned away the special sedan that was supposed to take him to the hotel where the cardinals had stayed. Instead, he rode on the bus with other cardinals. He even refused an elevated platform from which he would greet them -- wanting to see them instead from their own level.

He kept the simple pectoral cross of his days as bishop. And rather than donning the red cape that Benedict wore when he was presented to the world for the first time in 2005, he chose instead the simple white cassock of the papacy.

This morning, he stopped by a residence owned by the Vatican in downtown Rome to pick up the luggage he had left behind before moving into the Vatican hotel for the conclave. A Vatican spokesman says he paid the bill -- "to give a good example."

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196-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP correspondent, with the Reverend Thomas Rosica, Vatican spokesman)--On the first full day of Pope Francis' reign, the Holy See is getting used to a leader with a common touch. AP correspondent Mark Smith reports. (14 Mar 2013)

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184-a-17-(The Reverend Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah, Vatican spokesman, at news conference)-"Casa Santa Marta"-Vatican spokesman Father Thomas Rosica says Pope Francis waved off his limo last night. (14 Mar 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: POPE FRANCIS greets crowd from St. Peter's Basilica central balcony after being elected, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo on texture with lettering, finished graphic (13 Mar 2013)

APPHOTO XOB107: A view of St. Peter's Square and the city of Rome as seen from the top of St.Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose the name of Pope Francis, after he was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 13, at the Vatican.(AP Photo (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) (14 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO XNP103: In this picture taken March 20, 2008 Argentina's cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, left, talks to a woman during a mass for youth trying to overcome drug addictions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World's first pope.(AP Photo/Str ) (20 Mar 2008)

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