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Daimler AG President 'Hands Over' Popemobile Keys to Pope Francis

New Vehicle to Be Used at World Youth Day in Brazil

By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY, July 03, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Pope Francis received Dieter Zetsche, president of Daimler AG, which runs several automobile makers including Mercedes-Benz. Zetsche symbolically presented the Holy Father with the keys to the Popemobile that will be used at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"It was a great joy for me to meet with Pope Francis," Zetsche said. "We will accompany Pope Francis in his first apostolic trip to Brazil, continuing a tradition that fills our employees with pride."

The president of Daimler AG also conveyed his company's commitment in developing sustainable mobility for the future to the Holy Father. In a communique released by Daimler have and will continue to contribute significant investments in research and development devoted to 'green' technologies.

Mercedes-Benz has provided transportation for the Popes in the past 80 years, beginning with the Nurburg 460 limousine delivered to Pius XI in 1930.

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