Priest gives his car to pope so he can drive

  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 6:47 PM
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The Rev. Renzo Zocca gave his his Renault 4L a friendly pat as it was brought inside the Vatican for Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said Francis accepted the 1984 Renault 4, donated by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit parishioners. The four-door car, in papal white, has a stick shift and a new engine. “The pope intends to drive it,” Benedettini said. The donor, the 69-year-old Rev. Renzo Zocca, says he took Francis for a short drive in the car at the Vatican on Saturday and that Francis told him he knows how to drive it. Zocca said he thinks Francis will use it for short commutes on Vatican grounds.

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush share stage

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, would-be opponents in the 2016 race to return one of their families to the White House, shared a stage in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening and enjoyed some bipartisan bonhomie. The former Republican governor of Florida celebrated Clinton’s commitment to public service as she received the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center.

“Hillary and I … disagree about a few things, but we do agree on the wisdom of the American people — especially those in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina,” said Bush, who is chairman of the National Constitution Center.

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