<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1906385056278061&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />
Skip to main content Accessibility feedback

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

Question:

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

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.

Enjoying this content?  Please support our mission! Donate
By continuing to use this site you agree to our Terms and that you have read our Privacy Policy.