When the head of the Catholic Church parades around, his legions of followers want to see him. But the Swiss Guard charged with his protection also need to keep him safe. And so the Popemobile was born. A series of vehicles have served the purpose, but none quite so visibly as Mercedes-Benz
. The German automaker has furnished the church with specially-equipped vehicles for the past 80 years, and has now delivered a new Popemobile to Benedict XVI.