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Pope Francis' choice of wheels eschews classic popemobiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

In a live television broadcast, the pope climbed into the backseat of the boxy Kia Soul, rolled down the window and waved.

For the man called "The People's Pope" the choice makes sense. He has eschewed the bulletproof "popemobiles" that his predecessors used on foreign trips and urged priests around the world to travel in low-key cars.

Here's a look at some vehicles that past popes have traveled in.

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Practical Nomad August 16 2014 at 3:33 AM

Most are so sick of Religion. Guess what? You know nothing of GOD, zip! You've never met GOD, nor have you held a "two sided" conversation with him/her. What you know of GOD is what you've read in a book called the Bible, written by mortal man. What you know of GOD is what your Pastor or Minister tells you, (or in this case the Pope). Their knowledge is also based on a book written by mortal man. As for fact(s): As human beings we are born, we live to 70 or 80ish if we're lucky, we die, we are buried and we decompose! And YOU so called "Christians" can't prove "anything" beyond that, except what you've read in the Bible, a book written by mortal men and your interpretation of it. The majority use the Bible to justify their own deeds and to judge others! This Bible lists the actual number of souls who'll enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It's a "minuscule" number compared to the billions of souls on Earth. Still think you're "Christian" and will make the cut?

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papcollins August 15 2014 at 7:02 PM

He's a "What would Jesus do?" Pope!

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pboucard50 papcollins August 16 2014 at 8:01 AM

papcollins, WWJD also stands for What Was Jesus Doing?

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Sylvie papcollins August 16 2014 at 11:09 AM

Jesus would have excommunicated all of the pedo-priests en masse and sent straight to hell - no passing 'GO' and no collecting $200!

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Michael Dubacher August 15 2014 at 9:09 PM

I was hoping for the Bat mobile.

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eazymoney2014 Michael Dubacher August 15 2014 at 9:15 PM

Now that is funny!!! lol I should have thought of that lol

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ciaccim August 16 2014 at 8:24 AM

change mobile,thall revive our faith in the Vatican........

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Darren August 16 2014 at 1:30 AM

yes yes yes... Modesty is his best quality and he is so very proud of it.

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joan August 16 2014 at 8:45 AM

Good morning Pope haters! This Pope is not perfect, but, he's damn near close. No, I'm not religious.

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ciaccim joan August 16 2014 at 9:02 AM

we are all near perfect....we try.....

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Sylvie August 16 2014 at 11:07 AM

Is standing up in a moving car while parading about considered to be one of the three 'miracles' needed to make a pope a saint? Almost as miraculous as opening a jar of 'Miracle Whip' single handedly!

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purplistik August 15 2014 at 9:56 PM

I would have went with the Flinstone mobile, foot power.

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eazymoney2014 August 15 2014 at 9:16 PM

The Pope should drive the Batmobile! lmao

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eazymoney2014 August 15 2014 at 9:14 PM

I am a Christian but I have an odd take on all this. Here is what I think....The vatican is soo desperate to give everyone a quote " People's Pope" after the last Pope Benedict was a mean old failure lol It is almost disgusting I'm sorry lol The Vatican and everyone else is trying soo desperately to mold this current pope into John Paul. It is all religious politics in my opinion. Most are just too stupid to see it :)

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Fraginals5@aol.c eazymoney2014 August 16 2014 at 9:20 AM

Sorry, it is not politic. When he was a Cardinal in Buenos Aires, he did not live in the Cardinal mansion, he lived in an small apartment, all by himself. He never rode in a chauffeured limousine, he travel in public transportation and was always found in the slums, with the poor. You are too stupid to find out for yourself.

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Dan eazymoney2014 August 16 2014 at 9:26 AM

Changes expected from new popes never seem to happen. How about getting rid of those archaic ceibacy rules that discourage normal heterosexuals from joining the priesthood making it a haven for closet perverts and asexuals? ☺

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