Thursday 19 April 2018

Frugal Pope to borrow Fiat for overseas visit

London Daily Telegraph

POPE Francis will use an old, borrowed Fiat as a popemobile on his first overseas visit today, two days after telling trainee priests to avoid flashy cars.

The Argentinian pope will visit the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa to drop a wreath into waters where thousands of migrants have drowned in recent years in the attempt to reach Europe from Africa, often on unseaworthy boats.

Pope Francis has planned a no-frills trip to the island, taking a small entourage and borrowing a drop-top Fiat to get to a Mass in a sports field.

On Saturday, Pope Francis warned trainee priests and nuns: "It hurts my heart when I see a priest with the latest model car. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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