From throne to popemobile: The pope’s ride rolls with the times

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Pope John Paul II drives through St. Peter's Square in Rome in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL Landaulet hours after being elected. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Pope John Paul II drives through St. Peter's Square in Rome in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL Landaulet hours after being elected. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is unique among the world’s leaders in that he doesn’t travel in an armored “James Bond car.”