News

WWJD? Pope tells priests to buy ‘humble’ cars

WWJD? Pope tells priests to buy ‘humble’ cars

Pope Francis blesses faithful at the end of a Mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy. Photo: Associated Press/Gregorio Borgia

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, and told them to pick something more “humble”.

As part of his drive to make the Catholic Church more austere and focus on the poor, Francis told young and trainee priests and nuns from around the world that having the latest smartphone or fashion accessory was not the route to happiness.

“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can’t do this,” he said.

“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,” he said.

Since succeeding Pope Benedict in March, the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has eschewed some of the more ostentatious trappings of his office and has chosen to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the opulent papal apartments.

The ANSA news agency said the pope’s car of choice for moving around the walled Vatican City was a compact Ford Focus.

Latest Stories

12 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Bank Of America Closing Branch In ’17

Bank of America protest downtown

Bank of America is planning to close its branch office on the Downtown Mall in February 2017.

13 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

CAT Sets Up Saturday Detours

CAT Bus Route 8 30211

The CAT buses that serve many areas near the UVA Medical Center are making different stops today.

14 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

City Files Countersuit Against CPC

Charlottesville Circuit Court (2)

Attorneys who represent the city have filed a countersuit against the Charlottesville Parking Center in an escalating dispute over parking spaces.

1 day ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

penscaps16120076416963

Here’s a look at some of the sporting events taking place this weekend.

1 day ago in Sports

The best sports shots this week

goffdraft870850982276

A look at some of the biggest plays and best moments in sports this week.