Over the weekend, Pope Francis urged his flock to drive "humble" and avoid ostentatious cars. According to Reuters, the Potentate commented that "It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model year car, you can't do this."

The statement is being seen as part of His Holiness' push to have the Catholic Church be more austere and expend more effort helping the less fortunate. Pope Francis acknowledged that automobiles are often necessary to do work, but urged his followers to contemplate "how many children are dying of hunger in the world" when contemplating getting a nicer set of wheels.

Pope Francis, who assumed the Papacy in March from Pope Benedict, has reportedly taken steps to practice what he preaches, including moving into a guest home in the Vatican instead of his predecessor's "opulent papal apartments." Other reports indicate that Pope Benedict's own choice for transportation within Vatican City is a modest Ford Focus.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis was personally given the keys to a new Popemobile during a meeting with Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche (seen above). The modified M-Class features additional security and visibility measures necessary for keeping the religious leader safe in large crowds outside of Vatican City's walls. Pope Francis also received a Smart eBike from Daimler along with the new Popemobile.




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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see the problem folks are having. The Pope's message is directed toward his "flock" of Priests and Nuns. He's telling them to live less ostentatiously. This is entirely in keeping with how he has lived for decades. I believe he even took the bus. His message is one that most priests, Nuns, ministers, preachers or whatnot should heed. No in not Catholic and strongly disagree with the Church's stand on birth control, abortion and gay rights. Not too mention the ongoing child abuse saga. I just don't see this particular message as negative.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        It would be awful if he told the general public to respect god's creation, wouldn't it... :P
          knightrider_6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          "pretty sad the most innocent among us are ripped out of people and murdered." They are not murdered. They are just rendered homeless. It's like when Bank of American repossesses a house.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        You are aware that the previous "popes" have had BMWs as their personal cars, (sometimes more than one) not to mention the last one had $5000 red pope shoes.
      Gianfranco
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's incredible how many people who clearly cannot read can actually write...
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our parish priest has a new Prius and an LS400... hmmm...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
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      Terry Actill
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a Triumph TR7 in need of a little TLC. The Pope can have it if he wants.
        GasMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry Actill
        He's only the Pope. Only God could resurrect a TR7.
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry Actill
        The Pope says to send your crappy British car to the Church of England.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      No, your Holiness, we shouldn't be driving BMWs; we should be molesting little boys instead, and then turning around and speaking out against the "evils of homosexuality." Right?
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take care of your thousands of pedophile priests, first. Sell all of your TRILLIONS of dollars of art and gold and real estate holdings. Feed the BILLIONS of hungry people in this world. THEN you may talk about humble cars. Effin loser.
        AwolG5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Last time I checked Pedophiles can be found in every creed, religion, belief system, country, government, faith, and all other types of classifications. Also he just asked for his clergy to not buy expensive cars.....
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        AwolG5
        • 2 Years Ago
        You should stop worrying about what others are doing and improve upon your reading skills. If you actually read the article you would have noticed that the Pope was asking for the Clergy to stop buying fancy cars. He made no mention of anyone else.
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          @AwolG5
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      BryanGx
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let's get this straight... the Pope says "it hurts" when he sees a nun or priest driving the latest model year car, yet he just got the keys to a brand new M-Class Popemobile? If he practiced what he preaches, why isn't the new Popemobile riding on a '97 Aerostar chassis?
        Daryl A
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BryanGx
        Can you not tell the difference between what the Pope uses personally and the vehicle that he uses for protection do to his office? Should have to explain that to people.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BryanGx
        Are you serious? The vehicles nuns and priests drive are bought and paid for with Vatican money. Pope Francis suggest that these vehicles should be modest. The Popemobile is donated by MB. The price difference of modifying the Aerostar chassis vehicle and to make it as fast and bullet proof as the M-class would be slim and because the Aerostar doesn't exist anymore, it would be at the Vatican's expense. Most of the possessions the Vatican owns are donated and even though there are pedophile priest (which is a minority) the Vatican has done much more good things with its money than bad. This Pope is what the Catholic Church needed!!
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BryanGx
        Because it was probably given for free. Doesn\'t get more austere than using free stuff. And Daimler did it to get their emblem air time so they probably wouldn\'t convert a clunker and donate the difference.
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BryanGx
        at his last visit at Lampedusa he refused to use the Popemobile... he drove around in a ordanary tourist rental car... http://i0.wp.com/cyprus-mail.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/pope-in-lampWEB.jpg?fit=1024%2C1024
      David Ringgold Lardn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because humble cars are not sporty and, therefore, have larger back seats in which to diddle the altar boys..
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        @David Ringgold Lardn
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          carney373
          • 2 Years Ago
          The reality YOU would rather ignore is that the media feeding frenzy on this issue carefully ignored that the problem extends far beyond the Catholic Church to other denominations and secular institutions, and that the rate of offenses committed by Catholic priests is lower than the general population.
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        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        You do realize cm's come in all shapes and sizes, religions and none at all.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jesus!
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        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ WJK Then better stop sending children to state schools, or living in families. The highest percentage of convicted paedophiles are married men with children of their own (often victims) , or State School teachers. Curiously, Park Rangers also have a high offending rate .
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          @Marco Polo
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          carney373
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Correct. Also, the rate of offenses committed by priests is lower than the general population. If you have to leave your child alone with one of two people, and the only information you have is that one is a Catholic priest and the other is not, your only rational choice is to leave him with the priest. Your reaction to a Roman collar should be one of relief and trust.
      Koenigsegg
      • 2 Years Ago
      could give a **** what the "pope" has to say, stupid religion ****, **** that
      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      because the vatican buildings and all the show around pope is modest, right? stfu/gtfo
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