Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pictures Of Pope Francis In South Korea

Pope Francis arrived in S.korean requesting to use one of the smallest cars available in the country


Korea is not without its domestic automobiles that would be suitable for transporting a visiting head of state: the Hyundai Equus comes to mind. Failing that, a Genesis sedan would do the trick. Maybe even a Kia K900 or a Renault Samsung SM7. But those familiar with Pope Francis and his taste in transportation won’t be surprised that His Holiness has chosen something decidedly more modest for his visit to South Korea.

Instead of a more luxurious sedan, the Bishop of Rome has elected to be driven in a Kia Soul, giving the high-roofed hatchback a bigger boost (in the Catholic world, at least) than any quantity of animated hamsters ever could.

The Soul, which was likely reinforced somewhat if the Swiss Guard got its way, was ready for the Holy Father upon his arrival. Francis slid into the back, rolled down the window and waved back at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye. The Pope will reportedly be driven around in the Kia over the course of his five-day visit.

Francis has consistently elected to use decidedly less impressive forms of transportation than his predecessors. He was known to take the bus while serving as a cardinal in Argentina, and even when he’s needed a private car (now that he is, after all, the monarch of a sovereign city-state), he’s chosen a humble Ford Focus or a 20-year-old Fiat, and encouraged his followers to do the same.

This in contrast with the popes that have come before him, many of whom have been driven around in specially built Mercedes SUVs. Benedict received an electric Renault Kangoo from Carlos Ghosn, and while we’re sure he seldom (if ever) drove it, John Paul II received a Ferrari Enzo from Luca di Montezemolo and Michael Schumacher.

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People wave and take photographs of Pope Francis' motorcade on a road leading to the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14,

Pope Francis waves from a car after his arrival in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 1

A sales assistant waits for customers next to TV sets broadcasting a report on Pope Francis' arrival, in Seoul

Pope Francis, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye inspect an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, right, talks with Pope Francis at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday, Aug. 14,


A shopper takes a picture of statues of Pope Francis at a souvenir shop at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Statues of Pope Francis are displayed at a souvenir shop at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

A girl lights candles at Seoul’s Myeongdong Cathedral, where Pope Francis will visit during his upcoming trip. Newscom

Francis at a shelter for homeless and disabled people in Eumseong on Saturday.

Children at the shelter known as Kkottongnae performed for Francis

Francis with a woman at the Kkottongnae center

Pope Francis blesses a child who is planned to be adopted by a family, during his visit to the rehabilitation center for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

About 50,000 people attend the first Mass of Pope Francis called the Mass of the Assumption of Mary at Daejeon World Cup stadium in Daejeon, South Korea

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