CNS keeps the peace

By Jim Lackey

Did you know we played a role in protecting Pope Francis on his recently concluded trip to Africa?

Pope Francis visits a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis visits a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring)

OK, so maybe that’s not the same CNS.

Still, it was surprising that on the pope’s last stop, in Bangui, Central African Republic, CNS was there policing some of the crowds. Just check out the helmets.

Police patrol at Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic,where Pope Francis celebrated Mass Nov. 30. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Police patrol at Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass Nov. 30. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Turns out that in Bangui, CNS stands for “Compagnie Nationale de Sécurité,” a national police force.

Fortunately, we don’t need those guns to do our jobs. But one of those helmets sure would be nice the next time one of our reporters has to cover some world trouble spot.

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