Pope Francis, AKA “Cool” Pope Francis, is known for such courageous exploits as saying evolution is real and generally just making stuff up, but also for preaching a lot about humility. So how’s this for humility: he just ditched the traditional Mercedes-Benz Popemobile for one made by Hyundai.


Look at how happy he looks, in what must be Hyundai’s very best attempt at making a Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet competitor. He’s SO happy!

You also might be wondering why the Pope isn’t surrounded by a glass box, a fishtank (popetank?) of protection, to stop all the bullets that might go whizzing by his head. Maybe it’s just that it’s so new that the glass hasn’t had time to get all messed up, and become visible? Or maybe the Vatican has so much money it has devised a way for glass to lose all of its reflective qualities?

Nope, this thing is totally open-air. Just look at how open-air it is:


Cool Pope Francis lost his Cool Pope Hat, and he even did it with a smile. Whattaguy.

And that is because, Cool Pope Francis is just too cool for your see-through walls, as the hepcats over at Gawker laid out when he first started to talking about ditching the old ‘mobile:

The bulletproof Popemobile was introduced after the attempted assassination of John Paul II in 1981, and favored by Francis’s predecessor Benedict XVI. Cool Pope, however, does not have time for that bullshit. He told La Vanguardia:

“I remember in Brazil, they’d provided for me an enclosed Popemobile, but I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is made of glass. For me it is a wall.”


He went on to say that at his age, he doesn’t have much to lose anyways.

Damn, Cool Pope Francis. Even when you’re not being cool, you’re still pretty cool.


Photos credit: Getty Images

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