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Italian priest gifts pope his old Renault
AFP ^ | 9-10-2013 | AFP

Posted on 09/10/2013 9:57:32 PM PDT by haffast

Pope Francis no longer has to be chauffeured in popemobiles but can drive around the Vatican himself after a 70-year-old priest gave him his old Renault 4.

The white car is nearly 20 years old and has 170,000 miles (300,000 kilometres) on the clock.

It was presented to Francis by Renzo Zocca this weekend, and a pleased-looking pontiff was snapped by an AFP photographer before he got in behind the wheel and drove away.

Moved by Francis's drive to create "a poor Church for the poor", Zocca wrote to the Argentine pontiff to tell him about his work with disabled people, the poor and drug addicts in a working-class neighbourhood in Verona in northern Italy.

He told Italy's Famiglia Cristiana magazine in an article that appeared online on Tuesday that he had wanted to give the pope a gift, "and what better than my old Renault 4?"

Zocca had used the car to visit the needy in his diocese as well as ferry children around Italy to summer camps.

The elderly priest was amazed when the phone rang on August 10 and it was the pontiff on the line.

"I didn't know what to say, I lost my breath," he told the magazine.

The 76-year-old pope pressed Zocca on whether he would rather donate the car to charity, but finally accepted the gift and gave him an appointment at the Vatican.

On September 7, Zocca rocked up in the Renault at the Vatican residence where the pope lives.

Francis told the priest he used to own a Renault 4, before taking the keys and driving off, under the nervous scrutiny of his bodyguards.

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"I left him some snow tyres in the boot. You never know," he added.

Renault 4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_4


This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office on September 10, 2013 shows Pope Francis next to a white Renault 4L offered by Father Don Renzo Zocca (unseen) on September 7, 2013.


1 posted on 09/10/2013 9:57:32 PM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

So now “gift” is a verb (versus “give”). What is going on with English over there, turning noun forms into verbs, especially when there are pre-existing verbal forms? Even “trial” has morphed into a verb (versus “try”).


2 posted on 09/10/2013 10:00:34 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: haffast
That's a gift? ☺

Why not a Peugeot?

3 posted on 09/10/2013 10:02:09 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Olog-hai; haffast

BTW, as far as I can remember, that year of Renault 4 has the stick shifter on the floor instead of sliding out of the dashboard like earlier years of that car.


4 posted on 09/10/2013 10:02:29 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: haffast

I’m not Catholic... but I like this Pope. I wish we had some salt of the earth, humble leaders in this country.


5 posted on 09/10/2013 10:02:49 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: haffast

Actually, the verb is “gives,” but only to the literate, I suppose.


6 posted on 09/10/2013 10:04:40 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Olog-hai

Am not trying to hijack this thread, but I’ve heard a nationally known sports talking head use the word “effort” as a verb, e.g., “he efforted” or “they were efforting” to do such and such. I almost ran off the road when I heard this. I now change the channel or turn the radio off when he comes on.


7 posted on 09/10/2013 10:13:05 PM PDT by miele man
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To: haffast
Renault = ass.

Works for me.

8 posted on 09/10/2013 10:29:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Olog-hai; arthurus; miele man

I wonder if the pope will regift it?

(There's hope for me, even I could become a gurnalyst!)

9 posted on 09/10/2013 10:33:14 PM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

LOL. This is on “target” too.


10 posted on 09/10/2013 10:35:46 PM PDT by miele man
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To: haffast

I used to have a Forest Green Renault IV in Bogota

manual shift came out of dash

decent car actually for what it was

better than a Lada or Fiat or Range (God forbid)


11 posted on 09/10/2013 10:39:07 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Rodamala

lol...you haven’t been keeping up with his every utterance then

he appears far more liberal than his previous two

you can make up your own mind....i suspect serious doctrinaire traditional Catholics are already worried a bit

but no...I am not one either but did respect the prior two popes and understand their worldwide influence is not to be underestimated..especially in the third world...in the developed world Catholics seem to be more ambivalent about following instruction from Vatican City on culture war...but not so in third world where they listen and where the church has made inroads even whilst slipping in the West

http://theweek.com/article/index/247508/is-francis-the-most-liberal-pope-ever

http://www.ourladysresistance.org/liberalism-of-pope-francis.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/diaryofawimpycatholic/2013/07/darn-tootin-pope-francis-is-a-liberal/

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/pat-archbold/10-quotes-that-prove-the-pope-is-a-liberal

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/liberals-love-pope-francis.php

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/30/the-horror-this-is-why-catholic-traditionalists-fear-pope-francis/

http://liberalbias.com/post/2571/beware-pope-francis-supports-equality-inclusion-and-social-justice/

http://www.theliberaloc.com/2013/08/07/pope-francis-who-am-i-to-judge/

http://www.lovingit.co.uk/2013/08/pope-francis-is-a-liberal.html

http://www.medindia.net/news/liberal-groups-welcome-pope-francis-statement-on-gays-122845-1.htm


12 posted on 09/10/2013 10:50:10 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: haffast

Oh good grief, please.

the donkey is a far more reliable source of transportation.


13 posted on 09/10/2013 11:48:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Rodamala
I’m not Catholic... but I like this Pope. I wish we had some salt of the earth, humble leaders in this country.

Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: this pope is making the right impression on me.

14 posted on 09/11/2013 2:56:28 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: haffast

My buddy had a Renault in college and he had to turn the radiator fan on with a toggle switch he installed when the engine started to overheat. Thermostats kept failing and he gave up replacing them.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 2:58:51 AM PDT by Hacksaw (I haven't taken the 30 silvers.)
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To: Olog-hai

Verbing weirds language.


16 posted on 09/11/2013 3:06:10 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Oh good grief, please. the donkey is a far more reliable source of transportation.

My dad had the misfortune of buying a new R-10 back in 1969. At 30K the trans-axle was shot {it was a four speed straight shift}. By 60K the engine was shot. We could not keep the carburetor bolted down tight to the intake no matter what we tried. A donkey in my opinion would make the car more reliable as it could be used to pull it around LOL. A Renault 10 is the worse car I have ever driven in my life second to none.

17 posted on 09/11/2013 3:31:09 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Olog-hai

Modest gift for the man who called on the world to hold a day of fasting and prayer for Syria.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 3:33:10 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: miele man

Thanks, glad to see that I’m not the only one on FR concerned about the degredation of our language.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 4:18:28 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Secret Agent Man
the donkey is a far more reliable source of transportation.

Does it come with an umbrella or is that optional?

20 posted on 09/11/2013 4:22:48 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Standing Wolf
Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: this pope is making the right impression on me.

Ditto that.

21 posted on 09/11/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: Olog-hai; miele man; Arthur McGowan

Let’s conversate about it sometime.


22 posted on 09/11/2013 5:11:31 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
...Speaking strictly as a lifelong atheist: this pope is making the right impression on me. Ditto that....

Speaking strictly as a Roman Catholic, if you liked Liberation Theology, you'll be even more impressed by His Holiness in the future. As for me, I miss Ratzinger so much at times I weep.

23 posted on 09/11/2013 5:27:29 AM PDT by irish_links
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To: Graybeard58

LOL


24 posted on 09/11/2013 7:03:22 AM PDT by miele man
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To: wardaddy
Thanks for all your links, but really, what's the point?

I believe this man is "good". Maybe I am ignorant, but this is what I believe.

Now, I am sure if I "kept up with" your "every utterance" I would have doubts about your character... Though, I generally try to find the good in people, and not disparage them for falling short of Godlike perfection.

25 posted on 09/11/2013 8:55:46 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Whew


26 posted on 09/11/2013 9:30:01 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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