According to Catholic News Agency
, NWG motor car company has given Pope Benedict XVI a gift for his constant concern about the environment. This is the first electric-powered car that the Vatican will own.
The founders of the organization, Francesco D’Antini and Antonio Rainone, met with the pontiff, where they presented the vehicle as part of a ceremony with Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi.
The ceremony included a blessing of the electric vehicle and a prayer to St. Christopher, the patron of travelers, so it would be driven safely at all times.
The NWG Zero had a Vatican City State license plate fitted. The car has an electric motor that can be recharged by connecting to a regular outlet. The cost is around $2.50 to recharge its battery. Considering the amount of money that petrol costs, it means vast savings.
Fr. Lombardi told CNA
“All believers should respect creation as a great gift from God, as the environment in which they live and which they should leave as an inheritance to the next generations, so that all can enjoy its fruits and live in peace together with the Lord’s other creatures,”
The Pope's spokesman invites all people to have a positive relationship with the environment. The Holy See has had other environmentally friendly endeavors with creation.
Ever since 2008, the Vatican has used solar panels that were installed on the roof of the Paul VI Hall to generate electricity.
Benedict XVI has called for developed countries to work with the environment in a positive, ethical manner for the sake of the planet's future.