Pope gets a tractor

Italy's Fiat Motor company has given Pope Benedict an unusual and rather unique gift - a tractor.

The specially designed vehicle by Fiat, which is painted red and white and even boasts the Pontifs coat-of-arms, is not a replacement for the Popemobile, but will help the Holy Father deliver his weekly address.

"It'll tow and position the enormous, 15 tonne mobile platform on which the Pope will hold his weekly Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square," Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne said.

"For us it's a great honour to have had the opportunity to deliver this vehicle to the Holy Father, in a sign of admiration and respect," Marchionne said.

A farm vehicle in the Vatican City? (IOL, 1/11/07)

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