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What a divine ride!
“The Vatican — via its Pontifical Council for Social Communications — gave the public the first official look of the Popemobile for Pope Francis’ visit in the Philippines,” reports Camille Diola on Philstar.com.
The report noted: “The Popemobile for the Philippines is painted white, has chrome wheels and does not have a bulletproof glass separating Pope Francis from the faithful. It also bears the Papal insignia. The vehicle, however, also bears some resemblance with original Popemobiles with the backseat open to make the Pope visible to greeters and crowds.”
The Popemobile arrived at the Port of Manila last Fri, Jan 9, and traditionally carries the plate “SCV 1,” which stands for “Status Civitatis Vaticanae,” which is Latin for Vatican City State.
The report added that “the registration plate for Pope Francis’ usual Popemobile, however, is ‘SCV 00919.'”
The vehicle was built by ECTK, a company that builds armored vehicles, through the efforts of its CEO Edison Cham. The vehicle is adorned by two 12-inch solid glass crosses sculpted by Filipino glass master Ramon Orlina.
The report also said that “Pope Francis will use two Popemobiles for the Manila and Leyte legs of his five-day pastoral visit next week.”
Photo: Vatican Pontifical Council for Social Communications press release (via Philstar.com)