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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 include:

The very last Volkswagen to roll off the production line in The light teal 2003 Bug whitewall tires was donated to John Paul in 2004 to him for visiting the country in 2002.

The steering wheel of a Ferrari One racing car donated to Blessed Paul in 2005 by the car-maker’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. An plaque honors the pope for his “26 in the pole position on the roads of


— An immense six-horse-drawn Gala gilded carriage wooden wheels are more five feet high. It was around 1826 for Pope Leo

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.

When the 1929 Lateran finally allowed popes to go outside Vatican City Pope Pius XI became the pope to put the rubber to the road in a Graham Paige.

The auto-producing brothers donated the vehicle to the who used it for the very first he or any pope was able to leave the in nearly 60 years.

It was also by Pope Pius XII when he to visit Rome’s San Lorenzo to comfort residents in the wake of a US bombing raid of the area in

The exhibit also includes the official white “popemobiles”. The white off-road open-air used by a pope was a 1976 Land Cruiser used by Pope Paul VI. That was by the 1980 Fiat Campagnola, a Land Rover Santana and a Mercedes-Benz 230.

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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