Catholics around the world are excited to see that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has a new ride.  According to Autoblog:

The new Popemobile is based on the latest M-Class, though the Pope's new SUV features reduced ride height to easier shipment of the vehicle, which happens frequently. The vehicle also features improved visibility and lighting for the Pontiff, which presumably went over well at the vehicle's public debut in Rome at this year's celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Look closely, and you'll see Mercedes-Benz three-pointed stars hanging from lighting fixtures, too. This latest Popemobile continues the trend of Daimler supplying papal transport, a legacy that stretches back 80 years, so look for the Diamond White modified M-Class the next time you see the Holy See.

The new auto took about nine months to come up with the idea and get all of the particulars finalized.  As we head into the Christmas season it will be fun for Catholics and the rest of the world to watch for the Pope's New Ride.

Oh, it's a one of a kind, made exclusively for the Pope so don't look for a Popemobile Mercedes-Benz of Sioux Falls lot any time soon.

The Pope not only has a new ride but Catholics are also awaiting his first tweet Wednesday.  If you would like to 'follow' the Pope and his remarks on Twitter you can do so at @Pontifex