Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pope Wants Solar Popemobile

Pope Benedict XVI -- sometimes dubbed the "green pope" -- would gladly use a solar-powered electric popemobile to show he supports sustainable energy, a Vatican official said Wednesday.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he parades in his popemobile prior to celebrate a solemn mass consecrating Barcelona's Sagrada Familia in a basilica, on Nov. 7 during his two-day visit in Spain.

Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who runs the Vatican City state, said Benedict would prefer a solar-electric vehicle to a gas-powered one given his efforts to make the Vatican an environmental leader, reports the Associated Press.

His comments came during a presentation of The Energy of the Sun in the Vatican, a book about the 2008 installation of photovoltaic cells on the roof of the Vatican's main auditorium and the 2009 installation of a solar cooling unit for its main cafeteria, AP reports.


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