Sunday 15 December 2019

Pope Francis using carbon-neutral popemobile during Japan visit

The Toyota hydrogen-powered Mirai has been customised with a stand and handrails and was used for his mass in Nagasaki.

Pope Francis standing on a popemobile made by Japanese carmaker Toyota (Gregorio Borgia/AP)
Pope Francis standing on a popemobile made by Japanese carmaker Toyota (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Pope Francis rode in a carbon-free popemobile at his mass in Nagasaki, an appropriate choice in line with his environmental concerns.

Francis used a Toyota hydrogen-powered Mirai, customised with a stand and handrails.

He will use a similar model while in Tokyo.

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Pope Francis kisses a child in his popemobile (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

The pope held a big mass at a Nagasaki city baseball stadium.

Earlier on Sunday, he demanded world leaders renounce atomic weapons and the Cold War-era doctrine of deterrence, and paid respects at a memorial for the 26 martyrs.

Environmental protection is one of Francis’ key agenda items and is also part of the theme of his Japan visit.

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