When Pope Francis arrived in America on Tuesday, instead of climbing into a giant limo, he got into a FIAT 500L.
Since his first day as pontiff, Francis has preached humility - and his modest Italian car is a symbol of that.
The four-door FIAT is less than $20,000 - a far cry from the estimated $1.5 million limo that the American president drives, which is nicknamed “The Beast.”
The vehicle was also dwarfed by the huge SUVs used by the Secret Service upon his arrival in Washington, D.C.
FIAT even sent out a tweet to express their appreciation:
The FIAT also bears a special licence plate, "SCV1."
SCV1 is an acronym in both Italian and Latin, according to reports. In Latin it stands for "Status Civitatis Vaticanae" while in Italian it’s "Stato della Città del Vaticano." Both translate to "Vatican City."
His FIAT is also a symbol on his stance on climate change. The economy car is energy efficient, reflecting the values he brought up in his speech on The White House South Lawn on Wednesday morning.
“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation," he told the thousands of spectators, "When it comes to the care of our ‘common home,’ we are living at a critical moment of history."
In contrast, he didn't seem to have the most economical of arrivals on Tuesday. Apparently he was running ahead of schedule on his arrival from Cuba to D.C., so his plane circled over North Carolina a few times before arriving at exactly at 4 p.m.
Ever since his benediction, Pope Francis has shunned the life of luxury and privileges that many of his predecessors have relished in. He has chosen to live in a Vatican residence, which is normally suited for guests, instead of the opulent apostolic apartments many Pope’s traditionally reside in.
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