When the Pope has to spread the word of God, he needs wheels to get around. And, Pope Francis has certainly applied his taste for simplicity with his choice of automobiles to get him from Point A to Point B. While past popes have been driven around in classier cars, si Pope Francis, low profile lang.
“A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world,” he is quoted to have said sa isang grupo ng mga batang trainee priests and nuns last year.
For official business, Pope Francis’ Popemobile is a modified Mercedes Benz SUV. Bulletproof and bombproof, Pope Francis calls the Popemobile a “sardine can”. Like a glass cabinet fixed on top of a truck, the Pope says it prevents him na maka-connect sa mga tao.
But for his visit to the Philippines, CBCP President and Lingayen Archibishop Socrates Villegas related that Pope Francis refused the glass enclosure of his Popemobiles.
Dalawang Popemobiles ang binuo dito na siyang gagamitin para sa Papal Visit sa Manila at Leyte. Parehong simple ang disenyo at kulay puti… simple white vehicles with a roof on top for protection from the sun.
One was done by Isuzu Gencars, Inc. in partnership with Almazora.
Image from Top Gear Philippines.
Read: Vernon Sarne’s article: http://www.topgear.com.ph/news/car-news/first-look-the-isuzu-d-max-based-popemobile-for-pope-francis-s-visit
The design of the other Popemobile was inspired by our very own Pinoy jeepney. Nakunan po ng ABS-CBN ang jeepney-Popemobile na ito habang nasa Quezon Avenue. (Read ABS-CBN’s story here.) Pinaniniwalaang noong time na yun ay inililipat ito sa Presidential Security Group compound sa Malacanang. May article din na lumabas sa Philippine Daily Inquirer tungkol dito.
Image from inquirer.net
Read: Inquirer.net’s article: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/116934/pope-francis-to-tour-manila-in-custom-made-jeepney/
While we may all be familiar with the Popemobile, as we’ve seen during the last Papal Visit here in the Philippines built by Francisco Motors in 1995 for Pope-Saint John Paul II, Pope Francis is known to use “humbler” cars on ordinary days.
For official events in Rome, Pope Francis usually arrives in a blue Ford Focus. Unlike his predecessors who showed up in pricier cars such as a custom-made Renault and a BMW X5, Pope Francis chooses to ride in a compact car.
Image from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/pope-francis-car-ford-focus-humble_n_3598402.html
Late last year, he was gifted with a 1984 Renault 4 by an Italian priest, Father Renzo Zocca. Said to be the car of French farmers, ginamit daw ang kotseng ito para mag-serve sa mga pangangailan ng kanyang mga mahihirap na parishioners sa Italy. Because of the car’s role in helping the poor, Father Zocca offered the car to the Pope.
Si Pope Francis mismo ang nagmamaneho ng kotseng ito when he needs to get around in Rome. Simple and charming, just like the Pope, this vintage model will surely help more people now that Pope is behind its wheel.
Image from http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/12/pope-francis-receives-vintage-renault-4/#image-1
Sa pagdidiin ni Pope Francis na mag-focus ang simbahan sa pangangailangan ng mga mahihirap,pinaalalahanan rin niya ang mga kabataan na ang pagkakaroon ng latest na smartphone o fashion accessory ay hindi magdadala sa kanila ng tunay na kasiyahan.
According to him, the savings from living simply can be used to help other people. “Be giving of yourself to others,” ang isa sa mga sikreto na binahagi niya sa pagiging masaya sa buhay.
In all aspects of his life, lubos nating nakikita ang simplicity at dedication to service ni Pope Francis. May this be a constant reminder to us too that in these times of gadgets, high fashion, and technology, we should — and can — still live simply and serve others who are in need.
Collage images from http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/slideshow/Pope-Francis-first-Palm-Sunday-Mass-59005.php and http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/12/pope-francis-receives-vintage-renault-4/#image-1
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