By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/17/2013 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis has sent ahead to Rio, open-top vehicles, suggesting he will not ride in the famous popemobile, and instead will ride in an open-air jeep without the protection of bullet-proof glass.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (Catholic Online) - Two Mercedes open-top jeeps have arrived in Brazil, one green and one white. It is expected that Pope Francis will use these vehicles for trips around the city as he visits the world's youth and leads them in prayer.
The decision is consistent with his, "man-of-the-people" image, however it is also a risky choice given the fact that Rio is one of the world's most crime-ridden cities.
The Popemobile is a vehicle with an elevated seat surrounded by a casing of bulletproof glass. The Popemobile was developed following the failed assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981.
The new vehicles, which has seen limited used before, will now be on full display in Rio as they carry Pope Francis around the city.
Pope Francis will travel in this vehicle as well.
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