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Pope Francis is on a six-day visit to the United States in September 2015, meeting with various leaders to encourage the country to live up to high ideals. Though the pope himself tries to enjoy life simply, the throne he sits upon is a whole different matter. Per Roman Catholic tradition, the throne has been grandly ornamented and removable, allowing any pope to preside over liturgical ceremonies outside of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. But the throne for Pope Francis is quite different from that of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict's papal throne, seen on the left, is very elaborate. It's outfitted in gold, is adorned with cherubs and is quite tall. The throne for Pope Francis, by contrast, is quite simple. In fact, it almost looks like a normal chair, with a white seating area and a back that's shorter than Pope Benedict's.


Have you seen any pope during his world visits? Have you journeyed to Vatican City? Share your experiences in the comments!

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