WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- There's no "Beast'' in the pope's entourage.
Pope Francis put his environmental credo into action as soon as he arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday. After getting a red- carpet welcome by President Barack Obama, the 78-year-old pope climbed into the back of a small, black Fiat 500L.
As the pontiff waved through a rolled down the window, the car pulled away and was quickly sandwiched between the hulking sport utility vehicles of the Secret Service for the motorcade from Joint Base Andrews to the Vatican's diplomatic outpost in Washington.
The optics were not lost on onlookers. "It is very easy to recognize where the pope is because it is the smallest car in the motorcade," said Father Federico Lombardi, the pope's spokesman.