I doubt if Pope Francis and John Wayne have been associated before, but based upon this interview the juxtaposition occurred to PopeWatch:
“Look, life is in God’s hands. I told the Lord: ‘you are taking care of me. But if your will is that I die or that they do something to me, I ask you only one favor: that it doesn’t hurt. Because I’m a big coward when it comes to physical pain,’” the Pope told La Carcova News in an interview published in this month’s edition of their paper.
Go here to read the rest. That comment brought to mind this scene from the movie The Sands of Iwo Jima:
American troops during World War II, if they had to be wounded, prayed for a “million dollar wound” that would send them back home. It they had to get a mortal wound they wanted one that would kill them immediately, so they would not suffer. Spiritually, if heavy fighting was expected, Catholic chaplains were kept busy forgiving sins of the troops in their units, often being beseeched by Protestant soldiers to forgive their sins too. Whatever fear of physical pain the Pope has, he is in good company. Judging from his cavalier attitude towards his security, PopeWatch suspects that the Pope is fearless. That is well and good, but a Pope has people around him to think about also, and security should be taken seriously as a result by a Pope who is as brave as the characters John Wayne played in films.