The Washington Post reports that Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who runs the Vatican City state, said that Pope Benedict would "certainly prefer" an electric popemobile to a traditional petroleum-powered one, given his priority to make the Vatican a leader in green energy.

Lajolo made the comment during his presentation of a book on the Vatican's ecological efforts, "The energy of the sun in the Vatican." The book documents the 2008 PV installation on the Vatican's auditorium, and the 2009 installation of a solar cooling unit above the cafeteria.

German-based firm SolarWorld provided the PV cells for the auditorium and said it has discussed the idea of providing the pope with a solar-powered electric car. Though, the main hurdle would be getting the Vatican security to sign off on it.

Lajolo said the car would be a sign of the Pope's ecological standing and hopes SolarWorld can finish it, or another company donates one.

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Comment by Kathie Zipp on December 9, 2010 at 1:07pm
seriously. I've seen the Vatican and I don't think they have a shortage on funds!
Comment by Paul J. Heney on December 9, 2010 at 1:03pm
Love the idea—show the people you're taking a leadership role in green energy. But this Catholic thinks that my dear Pope could surely afford it on his own! ;-)

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