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Pope takes old used car for trips inside Vatican

September 12, 2013

Pope Francis has accepted an old Renault, a gift from an Italian priest, and indicated that he will use it to drive himself around the Vatican.

Father Renzo Zocca, a priest from Verona, offered to give the Pope his own used car, a 1984 Renault that has logged over 185,000 miles. To his surprise the Pontiff accepted the gift, and the priest delivered the car, giving the Pope a test drive inside the Vatican walls.

"I think the pope will drive it a bit himself inside the Vatican," said Father Ciro Benedettini, the deputy director of the Vatican press office. The old car—the latest manifestation of the Pope’s desire for simplicity—is viewed with alarm by Vatican security officials.


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  • Posted by: john1948 - Sep. 15, 2013 11:45 AM ET USA

    An air-polluting thirty-year old Renault will more than offset any ecological benefits from the solar panels atop the Paul VI Audience Hall and installed elsewhere within the Vatican City State. I guess that simplicity has its own costs.