What Does Pope Francis Carry In His Black Briefcase? He Does Not Let Anyone To Carry It

Pope Francis carries his black briefcase
Credit: Daniel Ibañez / EWTN

Pope Francis has started a new apostolic journey to Africa, and will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. As on other occasions he has boarded the plane carrying a black briefcase.

He never lets another person to carry it. Few years ago, he unveiled the items that he carries inside.
The first time that the image of the Pope carrying the briefcase attracted attention was during World Youth Day Rio 2013, the first trip of his pontificate.

In the flight returning to Rome from Brazil, a journalist commented that the image of the Pope carrying the briefcase had gone viral.

"There was no key to the atomic bomb," Pope Francis joked and said that he has always carried his own briefcase.

“When I travel, I take it. Inside I have the razor blade, a breviary, an agenda notebook, a book to read. I have one on Saint Therese of Lisieux, of whom I am a devotee," he said.

"I always carry the briefcase when I travel, it is normal. We must be normal. It is a bit strange that you tell me that this photo has gone around the world. We must get used to being normal. The normality of life,” the Holy Father said.


ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.

Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa
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