Organizers plan to build a pope mobile for Pope Francis’s visit to PHL

MANILA, Aug. 22 (PNA) — Organizers of the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015 are thinking of assembling a pope mobile for the Holy Father, which he can use while touring the areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda.”

According to Henrietta de Villa, former ambassador to the Vatican, there is a plan to build a pope mobile, but everything is not yet final until they get the final schedule of the Pope’s visit by November.

“I think they are thinking about that. But I am not in charge of that. I think they are thinking of something like that a pope mobile and jeepney, but nothing is definite yet. Nothing is fixed yet,” she said in an interview.

She added, “It’s just a proposal since like in South Korea, he rode a Korean made car, we can let him use our jeepney.”

De Villa said that they have not received any request from the Holy Father, noting that everything will be known by November.

“I think by November, the events will be formalized, all the Pope’s schedule for his four-day visit, including peripherals, among others,” she added.

Asked if there will be time to make a pope mobile, if the schedule will only be finalized in November, she said,”I don’t think that would be a problem, if ever we have two full months to make it.”

Pope Francis is set to be in the country from Jan. 15 to 19, 2015. (PNA)