When Pope Francis needs to get from one place to another in his domain of Vatican City, the smallest state in the world, he drives a “humble” Ford Focus. On Saturday, he encouraged new priests and nuns to adopt humility in their choice of transportation and gadgets–a word, I think, that applies to all Christians.
As part of his drive to make the Catholic Church more austere and focus on the poor, Francis told young and trainee priests and nuns from around the world that having the latest smart phone or fashion accessory was not the route to happiness.
“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can’t do this,” he said.
“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 said. …
The ANSA news agency said the pope’s car of choice for moving around the walled Vatican City was a compact Ford Focus.–Read whole story here
There was no word yet on whether the Vatican’s Ford Focus fleet was electric or not.