Pope gifted second-hand ‘popemobile’ alternative

POPE Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself.

Pope Francis and his 1984 Renault 4. Picture: AP

Vatican spokesman, Father Ciro Benedettini, said last night that Francis accepted the 1984 Renault 4, donated for free by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit poor parishioners.

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The four-door car, in papal white, is manual shift and has a new engine.

Fr Benedettini said: “The Pope intends to drive it.”

The donor, 79-year-old Father 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.