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Pope may get a hybrid popemobile, Vatican says

June 22, 2011 | 11:19 am

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Papal concerns about excessive consumerism and climate change might have more oomph if delivered from an eco-friendly car.

By the end of the year or early next year, the current popemobile could be replaced by a hybrid, energy-saving Mercedes-Benz for Pope Benedict XVI’s travels abroad, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi told the Associated Press.

The pope has supported greening in other ways, overseeing the installation of solar panels on the Vatican’s main auditorium and chiding world leaders for fumbling climate change talks.

Read more at The Times’ Greenspace blog or see a photo gallery of the popemobile through the years.

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Photo: Pope Benedict XVI arrives on his popemobile to celebrate a mass in Serravalle's stadium in San Marino Sunday. Credit: Andrew Medichini / Associated Press

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