Sounding more like the words of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis has said having the newest material objects, including late model cars, is not the path to happiness.

Reuters reports that Pope Francis told told trainee priests and nuns of the Catholic Church that having the latest smartphone or fashion accessory was not the path to happiness and that it hurt him to see a priest or a nun with the latest model car.

“You can’t do this,” the 266th head of the church said.

“A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”

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Since taking over from Pope Benedict XVI in March, Pope Francis – the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina – has already made his views on lavish lifestyles clear, choosing to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the usual papal apartments and using a Ford Focus for transport around the Vatican City.

Before his exit from the role, Benedict took delivery of a brand new ‘Popemobile‘ based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class luxury SUV, a replacement for the customised G-Class vehicle originally built for Pope John Paul II in 2002.


Retired Popemobiles are displayed at the Vatican as well as in Mercedes-Benz’s own museum in Stuttgart.

On Friday, Pope Francis announced the canonisation of both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, clearing the way for the two to become saints.

Images of Pope Francis Copyright Photographic Service L’Osservatore Romano.

  • NM

    Well his convinced me! No point me being on this website now…. how will I fill in my days

  • MisterZed

    Heh, that reminds me of that John Saffran vs. God episode where he has a go at Father Bob for having the latest model Ford Fairlane with a subwoofer, and Father Bob says “it bloody came with it, I didn’t get it put in!”. It’s a valid point though – why does Father Bob need a $55,000 Fairlane when a $25,000 Focus would suffice?

    • Johnny

      At least Father Bob was doing his part to help his brothers in Broadmeadows and Geelong to buy food and send their kids to school. Thats why.

  • Zaccy16

    the pope should not be worrying about what cars priests are driving but apologising for the years of catholic priests hurting children and being exempt from tax!! also if religion exists why would he need a bullet proof pope mobile if he has ‘god’ to protect him?

    • Lleyton

      Because He believes in God …but bullets dont.

      • Zaccy16

        haha, yep they definitely don’t

    • Judy Stasiewicz Hutchinson Chr

      Look at the top picture and don’t make comments about things that you know nothing about.

      • Zaccy16

        don’t you worry i know about the child hurting catholic church! the ‘pope’ is cashed up liar who uses storys of a ‘god’ to scare people to worship him, science has proven that religion is absolute s**t but people still waste their life sucking up to these people!

  • recovering catholic

    Thanks, Pope! As a Catholic I am glad we are not wasting money on cars. We need to save money to pay lawyers and compensate our priests’ victims.

    • Recovering catholic

      I was being sarcastic!

  • Judy Stasiewicz Hutchinson Chr

    We are all privileged to live in the same time period of this wonderful, holy man. Why does everyone have to be so negative and hateful? Listen to him and learn.

    • Doc

      I would be more impressed if he surrenders all pedophile priests to the police for prosecution instead of PAYING victims after the $e x. they were prostitutes.

  • Focused

    Anyone know what watch the pope wears? I think its Patek Phillipe from memory which really only start at $50k…. Some saying about a pot and a kettle…..

    • Doc

      Incredible since he claims to work for the “lowly carpenter” who was so humble he washed His apostles’ feet.

  • Sheldon

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! Why would they build glass walls for the Pope’s portable toilet and put it in the back of a Ute? He deserves PRIVACY!!!!

  • Dazza

    “you just like to get your bigoted digs in when you can!”

    After reading your comments attached to your profile i’d suggest you are the one throwing around “bigoted digs”.