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New ‘popemobile’ is 1984 Renault with mileage of 186K

New ‘popemobile’ is 1984 Renault with mileage of 186K

From ABC News:

Pope Francis is enjoying being pope but what he doesn’t like are the restrictions to his movement and having to be escorted everywhere.

Last Saturday he saw the perfect opportunity to regain a bit of his lost freedom and enjoy a joy ride in the Vatican when he took possession of a nearly 30-year old Renault 4 which had just been given to him and drove off happily in the Vatican “as if it were the most normal thing in the world.”

The car was given to the pope by the Rev. Renzo Zocca, a 69-year-old Italian parish priest.

The car reportedly has a manual transmission and has clocked 186,000 miles. Read more here.


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Well, perhaps, greater faith would be if he drove a scooter thru the streets of Rome. 😉

JC Fisher

John B. Chilton

More than one person has said, when hearing of the pope’s new car, he is a true man of faith.

But looking up the Renault 4 in Wikipedia I see that in parts of South America it is known as amigo fiel, the faithful one.

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