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Popemobiles throughout history
Images of the automobiles that have transported popes over the years.
The 1930 Citroen Lictoria limousine used by Pope Pius XI was put on display in October 1996 at the Vatican after it had been completely restored. Pope Pius XI received the car as a gift from its French makers only a year after he stopped being a "Prisoner of the Vatican" - confined to the tiny city-state because of a territorial conflict with Italy that lasted from 1870 to 1929. The car is housed in the Vatican museum alongside the ornate horse-drawn carriages that transported Pontiffs before the automobile age.
Pope John Paul II exchanged his popemobile for a brand new Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet for a day when he visited a Ferrari manufacturer in Fiorano, Italy, on June 4, 1988. On Oct. 13, 2004, Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he would present the pope with a new Ferrari 1:5 scale model on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of his pontificate.
The popemobile ascends a ramp from Ground Zero as Pope Benedict XVI leaves a brief ceremony at the site of the north tower of the World Trade Center on April 20, 2008 in New York City. The pontiff will celebrate Mass in Yankee Stadium before departing New York.
Pope Francis rides through Santiago de Cuba on his way to the airport on Sept. 22, 2015.
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