A few facts about Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after the mass in St.Peter's Basilica to mark the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta, on February 9, 2013 at the Vatican.

This final note today, a few facts about the Pope. Pope Benedict XVI is going to leave behind a few perks he had on the job. For one, his new Popemobile: A Mercedes-Benz Modified M Class crossover in papel white. The basic model goes for anywhere from about $50,000 to over $100,000. But the Popemobile itself is believed to have been donated to the Vatican.

Pope Benedict doesn't know how to drive. Never got a driver's license. But he does apparently have a helicopter pilot's license and even likes to fly the papal helicopter. Who knew they had one of those?


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