Five Popemobiles for Mexican visit

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Pope Francis is scheduled to have more than two hours alone with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Cuba, before flying off to Mexico and using five Popemobiles during his five-day visit, reports Crux.

The Pope will leave Rome almost five hours earlier than originally scheduled so that the meeting in Havana with Patriarch Kirill will not impact his schedule in Mexico.

Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters that in addition to official events on the schedule in Mexico, the papal motorcades are expected to be long and lively.

For example, he said, the route from the airport to the nunciature in Mexico City, where the Pope will sleep, is about 20 kilometres, and people are expected to line most of the route when he arrives from Cuba.

Five Popemobiles will be on hand because papal flights to San Cristobal de Las Casas, Morelia, and Ciudad Juarez would make it difficult to move the vehicles efficiently each day. Two of the Popemobiles are being shipped down from the United States where they were used in September, the spokesman said.

The trip was designed for the Pope and his entourage to return each night to Mexico City and avoid having to sleep in a different city each night, “something which is rather tiring and complicated,” the spokesman said.

Photo: CNS/Reuters

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