Dwarfed by massive secret service SUVs, the 78-year-old Pope Francis is a big man in a little car, driven away in a tiny Fiat 500 after landing in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, for his first ever visit to the U.S.

The pope, who arrived in the U.S. earlier this afternoon had disembarked his plane from Cuba to be met by President Obama before getting in his Fiat

The pope, who arrived in the U.S. earlier this afternoon had disembarked his plane from Cuba to be met by President Obama before getting in his Fiat

The Pope, flying from Cuba, where he urged the Communist-run island to maintain good relations with its strong neighbour, drove off in a modest Fiat 500 while the President of the United States traveled in his $1million armoured vehicle – The Beast

Pope Francis vs President Obama: The pontiff's Fiat 500 appears particularly small compared to The Beast - Obama's heavily armored car

Pope Francis vs President Obama: The pontiff’s Fiat 500 appears particularly small compared to The Beast – Obama’s heavily armored car

The “Popemobile” was no fancy limousine.

Pope Francis vs President Obama: The pontiff's Fiat 500 appears particularly small compared to The Beast - Obama's heavily armored car

Pope Francis vs President Obama: The pontiff’s Fiat 500 appears particularly small compared to The Beast – Obama’s heavily armored car

On his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, President Barack Obama greeted the pontiff and introduced him to his family and Vice President Joe Biden before they walked down the line of dignitaries. The pair then got into separate motorcades.

he 78-year-old Roman Catholic leader is in the United States for the first time for a five-day tour across D.C., New York and Philadelphia, coinciding with the United Nations summit which will see more than 100 world leaders arrive in New York

he 78-year-old Roman Catholic leader is in the United States for the first time for a five-day tour across D.C., New York and Philadelphia, coinciding with the United Nations summit which will see more than 100 world leaders arrive in New York


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Known for being humble and unassuming, the pontiff’s tiny Fiat 500 was dwarfed by security vehicles provided by the Obama administration, while President Obama traveled in his gigantic bomb-proof General Motors Cadillac with eight-inch thick armour-plating on its doors.

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The Beast is 18ft in length, weighs 8 tons and has 8 inch thick armour plating on its doors and costs a cool million dollars.

By comparison, Pope Francis’ tiny Fiat 500, which is just 11ft 7in long and costs less than $20,000.

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The Fiat tweet: His Holiness knows how to make an entrance

His simple Fiat is a reflection on Francis’ stand on consumerism and aim to focus less on material goods and more on the poor.

Since succeeding Pope Benedict in 2013, the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has eschewed some of the more ostentatious trappings of his office and has chosen to live in a Vatican guest house rather than the opulent papal apartments.

He has also picked more modest vehicles than his German predecessor who had a preference for a luxury Mercedes Popemobile.

The pope was driven away in the tiny Italian car, surrounded by security vehicles with snipers, while the president departed in his own motorcade

The pope was driven away in the tiny Italian car, surrounded by security vehicles with snipers, while the president departed in his own motorcade

In 2013, he even called on priests to stop driving flashy cars and pick something more ‘humble’.

He said: ‘A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.

Pope Francis was travelling to the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington

Pope Francis was travelling to the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington

During his trip, he will also be chauffeured in a Jeep Wrangler Popemobile, also manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The license plate on the Fiat reads SCV 1, which means Vatican City 1. SCV stands for Status Civitatis Vaticanae, Latin for Vatican City State.