Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive
VATICAN CITY (AP) - 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 Reverend Ciro Benedettini, says Pope Francis accepted the 1984 Renault 4, donated for free by a priest in northern Italy who used it to visit poor parishioners. The four-door car, in papal white, is manual shift and has a new engine.
Benedettini told The Associated Press on Wednesday: ''The pope intends to drive it."
The donor, the 79-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.