Now that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been declared Pope Francis his humble days when he gave up his driver and lived amongst the people are over. Here’s how Pope Francis will be rolling in the customized Mercedes M Class jeep known as the Popemobile:
This has the more familiar plexiglass dome which protects the pontiff from adverse weather while ensuring he remains visible to his flock. At 8mm thick, the glass is also bulletproof. But being encased in glass presents its own problems, principally overheating, so a powerful air-conditioning system was quickly added. This prevents the pope getting uncomfortably hot when the sun is shining but also ensures the glass doesn’t steam up in high humidity.
Spotlights have also been installed in the sides, floor and roof compartment so direct and indirect illumination makes His Holiness more visible when darkness falls. Security too has reached new levels. The glass has been made bomb proof so it can withstand explosions, the side panels are armored for the same reason and the underneath of the vehicle is blast-proof. Should the worst happen and the pope come under attack, his compartment has its own oxygen supply. The pope enters his compartment through a door in the back. He then sits in a bespoke chair made from white leather with gold trim.
He’s extremely blessed!