Pope Francis Ditches "Sardine Tin" Popemobile

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Pope Francis is ridin' solo. 

The Pope ditched his sweet ride, the Popemobile, because he hates that it cuts off contact with devoted Catholics. "I couldn't greet people and tell them that I love them from within a sardine tin," Francis said. 

The Pope confessed to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he doesn't care about the added security the bulletproof vehicle offers.

"It's true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age, I don't have much to lose," he said.

Since the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, Popes have traditionally used the super-secure Popemobile to make public visits. Francis, however, prefers an open-top vehicle to make rounds at St. Peter's Square.

"I know that something could happen to me, but it's in the hands of God," he said.

Just another reason Pope Francis is the coolest pope ever! What do you think? 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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