Friday, September 13, 2013

What a cool Pope

We have one cool Pope!  Stories pop up every day, it seems, that are so refreshing and inspiring.  Below are a few of the most recent.  They continue the same themes of humility and simplicity (1984 used car as the new Popemobile), pastoral outreach (calling a 19 year old student), and accessibility ("selfies" and photos with youth at the Vatican).

Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, says Francis accepted the 1984 Renault 4, donated for free by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit poor parishioners. The four-door car, in papal white, is manual shift and has a new engine. Benedettini told The AP on Wednesday: "The pope intends to drive it."

The donor, the 69-year-old Rev. Renzo Zocca, says he took Francis for a short drive in the car at the
Vatican on Saturday and that Francis told him he knows how to drive it. Zocca said he thinks Francis will use it for short commutes on Vatican grounds.

Check out some encouraging comments to the article HERE.


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