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Holy show - Pope Francis auctions off car and other gifts for charity

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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of  his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Pope wants three showers to be installed in an existing public lavatory block used by tourists, located just behind the Renaissance colonnade of stone pillars that sweeps up to the entrance to St Peter's Basilica (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Pope wants three showers to be installed in an existing public lavatory block used by tourists, located just behind the Renaissance colonnade of stone pillars that sweeps up to the entrance to St Peter's Basilica (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Pope wants three showers to be installed in an existing public lavatory block used by tourists, located just behind the Renaissance colonnade of stone pillars that sweeps up to the entrance to St Peter's Basilica (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis is raffling dozens of gifts he has been given during his short papacy, including a new Fiat 4x4, some bikes and a fancy coffee-maker, with the proceeds going to charity.

The Vatican City State administration put up posters around the district advertising the €10 per ticket raffle. Tickets are on sale at the Vatican post office, pharmacy and other venues open to the public. Winners will be announced on January 8.

Francis, known for his simplicity, has overhauled the Vatican's finances to make them more efficient and to devote more money to charity. The raffle is part of that effort, making sure gifts for which Francis has no use are used to help the needy.

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