Marek Schramm poses next to his old-timer, a former car of Pope Jean Paul II in front of the Brandenburg Gate on the April 14, 2014 in Berlin, prior to his trip to Rome for Pope's canonization. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)
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A German vintage car enthusiast set off Monday in a 1958 Polish car that belonged to John Paul II before he was pope, headed for Rome for his canonization.Although not a practicing Catholic, he says he greatly admired Pope John Paul II, especially for his political engagement.Today it no longer has a Polish registration, sporting instead a German one – "IL JP2 H", for the town of Ilmenau, John Paul II and finally "H" for "historisch" (historic) used for vintage cars.It could also stand for "heilig," or holy in German, Schramm chuckled.On the dashboard, the car's clock is permanently set to the hour of John Paul's death in 2005 .Although he doesn't yet know exactly what he will do with the car in Rome, Schramm plans to bring it back to his hometown after the trip and put it on display.
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