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Popemobiles put on display at Vatican

Exhibition includes the jeep Pope John Paul II was in when he was shot and an immense carriage made in 1826

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The white open-air Blessed John Paul II was in when he was shot May 13, 1981, has taken out of storage and put on display in the Museums’ newly revamped Pavilion.

Sandro Barbagallo, art at the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore said the move was not meant to the tragic event or turn it a sideshow, but to highlight the car that has “highly symbolic” of that day and help people “reflect on the of life and everything John did”.

Mr Barbagallo was the driving force restoring and reopening the Museums’ exhibit of historic modes of transport. The grand opening place on October 16 – the 34th of Blessed John Paul’s as pope.

The underground exhibit, houses more than a ornate papal carriages and papal cars, had been only sporadically over the Deciding to put the 1980 white Campagnola on display was the impetus to the space and keep it open to the to showcase its other transport of the popes.

Some gems

— The very last Beetle to roll off the production in Mexico. The light teal Bug with whitewall tires was to Blessed John Paul in to thank him for visiting the country in

— The steering wheel of a Formula One racing car donated to John Paul in 2005 by the president, Luca Cordero di An accompanying plaque honors the for his “26 years in the pole position on the of humanity”.


— An immense Gran Gala gilded whose wooden wheels are than five feet It was built around 1826 for Leo XII.

But when horse-drawn carriages giving way to automobiles, the Vatican was to follow.

Archbishop John of New York gave an Itala to Pius X in 1909.

The pope to accept the newfangled contraption, he preferred the “clippity-clop” of horses his Landau carriage to the “chugga of a gasoline engine, Mr Barbagallo Catholic News Service.

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A car have been useless at the anyway since a dispute the Italian government over the of the Holy See kept popes inside the tiny Vatican from 1870 to 1929.

the 1929 Lateran Pacts allowed popes to go freely Vatican City walls, Pius XI became the first to put the rubber to the road in a Detroit-made Paige.

The auto-producing Graham brothers the vehicle to the pope, who used it for the first time he or any pope was to leave the Vatican in nearly 60

It was also used by Pope XII when he went to visit San Lorenzo neighborhood to comfort in the wake of a deadly US bombing of the area in 1943.

The exhibit includes the first official “popemobiles”. The first white open-air vehicle used by a was a 1976 Toyota Land used periodically by Pope VI. That was followed by the 1980 Campagnola, a 1983 Land Santana and a 1990 Mercedes-Benz

Currently, the papal fleet has cars that carry the two black sedans and a white popemobile, Mr Barbagallo said.

The Paige 837″ was donated by the brothers of the United States in to Pope Pius XI to mark the of the Lateran agreement between and the Vatican

This Mercedes-Benz was used as a papal automobile in the 1960s and continuing through the part of the pontificate of Pope Paul I.

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