Why does the pope kiss the ground after he disembarks from an airplane?


Full Question

Why does the pope kiss the ground after he disembarks from an airplane? My friend considers this practice to be nothing but superstition.

Answer

Your friend is reading too much into the gesture. The act of kissing the ground of a country one has just set foot upon, whether done by the pope or any other world leader, isn't superstitious. It's merely a way of expressing love and respect for the country and its people.


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