SANTIAGO – Pope Francis will be ferried around by a hybrid vehicle during his pastoral visit to Chile in January.
The organizing committee for the pontiff’s Jan. 15-18 visit to the South American country on Wednesday presented the vehicle fleet Francis and his delegation will use during their stay in Chile, where the pontiff will not travel using his standard white Popemobile.
The vehicle the pope will use in the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique will be a hybrid Hyundai that features low fuel consumption and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
“We want to send the signal that we’re taking care of the environment,” said Javier Peralta, the executive director of the national committee organizing the pope’s trip.
Msgr. Fernando Ramos, who is coordinating the agenda for the papal visit, on Wednesday blessed some of the vehicles in the 127-vehicle fleet that will be used by Francis, the cardinals accompanying him, Chilean government officials and specially invited guests.
The ceremony was held at the Maipu Sanctuary, in western Santiago, where on Jan. 17, Francis will meet with young people, an event that more than 40,000 are expected to attend.