Philadelphia: Pope Francis Driven in a White Jeep Wrangler

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Philadelphia: Pope Francis will be cruising down the Philly streets - within the confines of that expensively unpractical box-fence-border-thingy of course - in a tricked-out Jeep Wrangler, the Vatican has confirmed.

"His Holiness was wary of the pothole-riddled and neglected streets found throughout Philadelphia and needed something more substantial. That, and he was being mocked for his recent use of a Kia Soul," says a Vatican insider (probably).

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, maker of Jeep, is not disclosing the configuration of the pope-mobile, and the Vatican said it is already in the hands of the Secret Service and won't be on view before the pope's Sept. 22 to 27 U.S. visit. Fiat Chrysler has strong ties to Italy, where Fiat and some of its luxury brands are made.

The white Wrangler used by the pope in Ecuador had a glass-front roof with open sides, allowing the popular pontiff greater proximity to his flock than popemobiles of the past, which were typically closed, bullet-proof affairs

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