Pope Francis, widely known (and respected) for his simple lifestyle, has rejected the luxury Mercedes Benz vehicles preferred by previous pontiffs. The 78 year old pope caused quite a buzz in 2013 when he gave up the famed armored and bulletproof “pope mobile”. In its place, Pope Francis’ vehicle is a donated used 30-year-old Renault 4 with 186,000 miles on the odometer.
The jeepney for Pope Francis’ 2015 visit
There will reportedly be three vehicles used for the visit.
The Jeepney – built by ECTK, a company that builds armored vehicles – will be used for the Pope’s Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in January 18. It will bear the license plate “SCV 1,” for “Status Civitatis Vaticanae,” which is Latin for Vatican City State.
Note that this is not the first time a pope has used a jeep. In 1964, from 2-4 December, 1964, the Pope John Paul VI visited Bombay, India. The white CJ-3B Jeep is believed to be the very first “pope mobile”
The first actual Philippine Jeepney pope mobile was the February 1981 John Paul II Popemobile below. Personally, I like it a lot more than the Jeepney for Pope Francis’ visit in 2015!
Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines will last from January 15 through the 19th, 2015. We will be publishing the itinerary in our next post.
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