Pope auctions Lamborghini to support Christians in Iraq

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 15, 2017

This handout photo taken on November 15, 2017 at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis signing a Lamborghini Huracan received as a gift as Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali looks on.

The pope was presented with a one-of-a-kind white and gold Lamborghini Huracan by the luxury vehicle manufacturer on 15 November, just before making his way to his weekly general audience in the standard popemobile. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated to the Pope, retailing for some $13,000, fetched an impressive $327,000 at a Paris auction in 2014.

Some of the funds raised from the auction will go to rebuilding homes, churches and public buildings in Iraq's Nineveh Plains that were devastated during three years of fighting by the Islamic State group.

Proceeds will go to a Catholic charity seeking to return Christian exiles to Iraq, to another one helping victims of the sex trade in Italy and to two Italian charities that operate in Africa.

The famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses.

What do you give the pope, who already has a lot of things?

Historically, popes moved around on a "sedia gestatoria", a ceremonial red silk-covered throne which was carried on shoulders until the 20th century, when it was swapped for the popemobile.

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