Pope Francis’ Car Shows His Commitment To Humility: Catholic Leader Chooses Ford Focus

italy vatican popeNow here’s a Pope who practices what he preaches.

Pope Francis arrived at the papal summer home, Castel Gandolfo, in a humble Ford Focus which was a far cry from the luxury cars of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who travelled around town in vehicles that included a custom-made Renault, a BMW X5, and a Mercedes.

In contrast, Pope Francis isn’t even spending the summer in the luxurious retreat of Castel Gandolfo, preferring more modest accommodations in Rome.

pope francisThe down-to-earth Pope called for greater austerity from religious figures last week, saying, “It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest-model car. You can’t do this. 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.”

The Ford Focus is a compact car with a starting sticker price of just about $16,000.

A priest in Colombia answered the Pope’s call to humility just last week, saying that he planned to sell his white Mercedes-Benz E200 convertible, which was given to him as a gift from his four brothers.


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3 Responses to Pope Francis’ Car Shows His Commitment To Humility: Catholic Leader Chooses Ford Focus

  1. How irritating and stupid, Pope Francis is not behaving like he is expected to; after all he is the Emperor of the Vatican and is supposed to act like a big fat pompous Supreme Head. The whispers going around must surely be, that this man with one lung has gone mad. All the cronies whose extravagant lifestyle is being affected, must be livid. That, they have tried to rein in this new wave of humility nonsense is certain; but this frail old man still goes ahead, preaching by example. After all, this JESUS thing/phenomenon happened two thousand years ago and surely is not relevant in today’s age of modernism. SHEPHERDS NOT WOLVES !!! what absolute rot. The princes of the Church are surely expected to be leaders of the people; and not the humble SHEPHERDS of the flock in their care. CARRY ON DEAR HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS ALL YOUR FLOCK SUPPORT YOU WITH HEART AND SOUL !!!!

    • Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

      O yes Holy Father! ALL your flock support you -except of course the ones who fight shy of following your example, the example of the Good Shepherd himself, the ones who prefer to be straying black sheep themselves than shepherds with the smell of sheep, the ones who imagine themselves to be not servants but masters of the servants of God that the laity are expected to be. Amen!

  2. Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

    Agreeably, our new Pope is different from his predecessors. And its nice to see someone highlighting such positivity in the change the papacy is undergoing. But you seem to pick and choose such news items for the purpose of highlighting something else that is grossly negative in contrast, virtually smearing someone with grease. WHY?
    Look, amigo, alertness and vigilance is good, provided its in a positive context. You keep comparing the present pope with his predecessors every step of the way. Do you realize that the change you see today has its roots in the psyche and actions of the popes of the past? You seem to forget that the change you see has been gradual. Every pope brings to the papacy his own stamp guided by the Spirit. In fact nothing of what you see today would have come about were it not for Vatican II and John XXIII who initiated it. John XXIII opened the windows of the Church to allow the winds of change to dust it free of the cobwebs cluttering it from top to down. Paul VI brought about a more participatory scope for the laity; he gave away one of his crowns to charity and the luxury car he used in India to Mother Teresa. John Paul I did away with the papal coronation and availed of an Installation ceremony instead; he even did away with the Seda Gestatoria [SG], finding it too empirical but was forced to revert to its use on account of his height that prevented him from being seen by a vast majority of faithful. John Paul II followed suit – with due apologies to those who lost their jobs as bearers of the SG, one must say he did away with the SG altogether. If I’m not mistaken he introduced a swimming pool at the Vatican. Benedict XVI obviously never used the pool but brought in Classical Music with the introduction of the Piano. And, just in case you’ve missed the significance, the change this pope brought about was the possibility of the Pope himself stepping out of the limelight! We have politicians wanting to take up the highest civil post/s in the land at a time when they ought to be in their rocking chairs!!
    There’s no denying the fact that EACH of these popes, with a distinctive personality all his own, has left a decisive mark on the papacy. And the change keeps picking up momentum with Francis leaving nothing untouched.
    I’d say, instead of wasting precious time and energy – and I don’t know what else! – making odious comparisons, let us spend increasingly more time before the Lord in prayer that he keep inspiring our new Pope along the lines of HIS plans for us and to keep him in good health for LONG!
    The Lord has his plans, his ways of executing those plans, and chooses for us the right people at the right time. Patience, friend, PATIENCE!

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