Popemobile shipped to U.S. ahead of pope’s arrival

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August 21, 2015

Pope Francis greets the crowd from his popemobile, a Jeep Wrangler, as he arrives in Quito, Ecuador, July 5. The pontiff will use the same model during his visit to the United States in September. (CNS photo/Robert Puglla, EPA) See POPEMOBILE-US Aug. 21, 2015.

Pope Francis greets the crowd from his popemobile, a Jeep Wrangler, as he arrives in Quito, Ecuador, July 5. The pontiff will use the same model during his visit to the United States in September. (CNS photo/Robert Puglla, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than a month before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in the United States, his ride landed on U.S. shores.

“A Jeep Wrangler will be used as the popemobile in the USA (like the one used in Ecuador in July 2015),” the Vatican press office said in a statement Aug. 20.

Of course, an official said, there will be more than one. Pope Francis will need a popemobile in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, and besides, “there is always a reserve” in case of malfunction.

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