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En route for sainthood, German's road trip in John Paul 'relic'

Published on Apr 14, 2014 6:09 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - A German vintage car enthusiast set off on Monday in a 1958 Polish-made car that belonged to John Paul II before he became pope, headed for Rome to honour his canonisation.

Marek Schramm is an admirer of the late pope and got behind the wheel of the spruced-up FSO Warszawa, sporting a "JP2" license plate, to make the long trip from Berlin to Italy.

His itinerary will take in Krakow, the southern Polish city where then Karol Wojtyla was archbishop before his surprise election to the papacy in 1978.

Forty-five-year-old Schramm, an estate agent from Ilmenau in eastern Germany, bought the vehicle two years ago.

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