Pope my ride! Pontiff heads off on day trip in Ford Focus
Pope Francis has refused many luxuries, such as the papal palace, the use of a gold chair, and red Prada shoes
Famed for attending public engagements in a bullet-proof Popemobile, the leader of the Catholic Church has a new ride: the humble Ford Focus.
Pope Francis was driven to Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer house, in the compact car, which retails from £13,995 in the UK.
Commentators have congratulated the Pope for practising what he preaches, after he called on church leaders not to drive "fancy" cars in his ongoing campaign for greater austerity.
Speaking last week, he said “It hurts me when I see a priest or nun with the latest-model car. You can’t do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but, please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world."
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had a fleet of luxury cars at his disposal, including a custom-made Renault, a BMW X5, and a Mercedes.
Pope Francis also forewent a full holiday in Castel Gandolfo, opting for a day-visit before returning to Rome where he will spend summer in more humble accommodation.
His words have already been heeded, with a priest in Columbia saying he planned to sell his white Mercedes-Benz E200 convertible, which was a gift from his four brothers.
The Pope has eschewed many other luxuries, refusing to living in a palace, use a gold chair, or wear red Prada shoes. He was a regular user of public transport through the papal elections.
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'