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Francis Shuns Popemobile in Favor of 20-Year-Old Fiat.

10 Jul

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By Courtney Coren

Pope Francis toured the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa in a borrowed 20-year-old Fiat Campagnola instead of his new “Popemobile” given to him last week by Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche.

Four days after the Pope received the new vehicle he told a group of priests and nuns that cars “are necessary. But take a more humble one,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

He said that it “hurts” him when he sees a priest or nun driving around in the “latest model car; you can’t do this.”

They should opt for less expensive cars and pass the savings on to feed starving children, Pope Francis added.

Pope Francis has a history of turning down the luxuries that normally accompany the papal office such as choosing to stay in a Vatican guest house as opposed to the papal palace.

Mercedes-Benz has provided several Popemobiles to

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