Pope Francis took his first public popemobile ride this morning, greeting the ~200,000 people that filled St. Peter’s Square. What is the new Pope cruising in now? A Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, but this G-Popemobile is different from any G-Wagon and even more important, it has a huge difference when compared to the last pope’s popemobile.
When Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II took to the streets in their popemobile, they were encased in a bulletproof box. The bulletproofed Pope came after an attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II when he was being driven through St. Peter’s Square.
To everyone’s surprise, Pope Francis was being driven in a G-Wagon that was completely open. He was handed babies to kiss, and even got out of the popemobile to greet people. What does this mean? Nobody really knows, but I think its a rather smart decision. The fishtanks that the past Popes used to drive around in were so incredibly odd looking.