I watched with great joy and amazement as I watched the live feed online of Pope Francis arriving in Brazil and making his way through the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day. The trek was equal parts exciting and harrowing as mobs of people took turns rushing the small car he was being transported in. While most people were content to take pictures, there were many who tried to do more whether it was touch Pope Francis, hi-five Pope Francis, or grab Pope Francis.
Whether it was a lack of planning or attention to detail, I was surprised at how easily people were able to approach the car. In particular, I was fascinated by the men providing security detail. They took turns thwarting and blocking people from the car, all while running alongside the vehicle.