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  • Pope Francis Takes The Bus To Spiritual Retreat

    03/11/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Time ^ | March 10, 2014 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Pontiff dumps the Popemobile in favor of a more humble mode of transport Pope Francis left the Popemobile at home on Sunday to travel by bus to a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops.The Pope is about to celebrate his one year anniversary, and will ring in the occasion on a Lenten retreat with the Roman Curia–the administrative branch of the Catholic Church. This year’s retreat is being held in the town of Ariccia, which is located in the hills of southern Rome. This is the first time in decades that the Pope’s Lenten retreat is held outside...
  • Italian priest gifts pope his old Renault

    09/10/2013 9:57:32 PM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 9-10-2013 | AFP
    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...
  • Pope Francis takes teen with Down syndrome for a spin on the Popemobile

    06/20/2013 6:20:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 19, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    Photo: Associated Press June 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During his usual drive around St. Peter’s Square following his Wednesday general audience today, Pope Francis stopped to embrace a teen with Down syndrome. But when the teen then pointed up to the Popemobile, Pope Francis invited him to join him on the famous vehicle.  The teen sat in the pope’s white seat while the Popemobile continued to wade through the crowds of tens of thousands, and the pontiff greeted the faithful.  The teen’s father told the Associated Press that he choked up when he saw the pope approaching. “The pope...
  • Funny Catholic vid for your Tuesday

    10/25/2011 8:27:15 AM PDT · by DogwoodSouth · 1+ views
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | October 25, 2011 | CCM
    Just a vanity post of a funny video. "He be rollin..."
  • Origins of the Popemobile

    04/16/2008 1:26:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 92+ views
    CNA ^ | April 16, 2008
    Washington DC, Apr 16, 2008 / 07:05 am (CNA).- The most recognizable vehicle in Washington, D.C. this week will most likely be the, Popemobile. The term is affectionately applied to the protective glass enclosed Mercedes-Benz that takes the Holy Father from one event to another during his pastoral journeys.The Popemobile originated during the pontificate of John Paul II as a manner to provide the most visibility while maintaining safety for the Pope during his apostolic visits. The vehicle is encased with protective glass, which has a capability of protecting the Holy Father from any attempt to harm him physically with...
  • Pope trip: Popemobile en route to U.S., will arrive by early April

    03/27/2008 10:35:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 209+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 27, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    Where the Popemobile goes, the Pope follows. .... and the popemobile is on its way! While Pope Benedict XVI probably has not begun packing his bags for his April 15-20 trip to the United States, one big Vatican package was prepared just after Easter. The white, 2002 Mercedes-Benz popemobile has left the Vatican and will be delivered by an air cargo company in the first days of April, said Alberto Gasbarri, the chief organizer of papal trips. (CNS) The Vatican currently has three popemobiles. The specifications for the one the pope will use in America:A modified version of the...
  • Flash: Pope Benedict *will* tour in popemobile during Washington DC visit

    02/01/2008 9:55:05 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 62+ views
    American Papist ^ | January 31, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    *FLASH* Buried deep in the story, but it originates from a knowledgeable source: Susan Gibbs, communications director for the Washington, D.C., archdiocese, said there will be plenty of other chances to see the pope. She said Vatican officials this week agreed to take the "popemobile" out for a spin several times while the pontiff is in the nations capital, making papal sightings more possible for the crowds expected to line the streets. The routes have not yet been released, Gibbs said.This update reverses earlier reports that there would be no popemobile touring during the visit. Hoorah! My complete coverage...
  • The Pope gets a new rug, and we don't mean a toupee [new Popemobile unveiled ths weekend]

    04/08/2007 2:21:32 AM PDT · by Silly · 18 replies · 891+ views
    Rug News ^ | Easter Sunday. Christ is Risen! | Illustrated by Silly
    Easter weekend saw the unveiling of Pope Benedict XVI's new and astonishing Popemobile. This one actually flies, and, being magic, leaves no carbon footprint. It is, in fact, a rug. Past builders of the always striking vehices, Starachowice of Poland and Mercedes-Benz of Germany, were surprised when they lost their contracts to a small family-owned Pakistani vendor Pazyryk Rugs Plus, which has been weaving "floor covering solutions" for two thousand years. They have recently received negative press in Pakistan for outsourcing their fringe-making to India. But Pope Benedict, an aficionado of textiles and tapestries, and a one-time decorator, was so...
  • Maker of Popemobile charged with tax evasion

    04/08/2005 9:14:42 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 1,148+ views
    philstar.com ^ | 4 8 05 | Jose Rodel Clapano And Des Ferriols
    Tax evasion charges were filed yesterday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the makers of the bulletproof "Popemobile" used by Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day celebrations in Manila in January 1995. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) lodged the complaint against the two top officials of Italcar Pilipinas who are also owners of Francisco Motors Corp. (FMC), which assembled the vehicle, and the comptroller of Italcar. BIR Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. said Italcar Pilipinas, a wholly owned subsidiary of FMC, is engaged in the importation and sale of motor vehicles. Charged were Fernando Francisco, managing director,...