Saturday 15 December 2018

Pope mobile - supercar set for charity auction

Pope Francis writes on the bonnet of a Lamborghini donated to him by the luxury sports car maker, at the Vatican. The car will be auctioned off by Sotheby's, with the proceeds going to charities. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP
Pope Francis writes on the bonnet of a Lamborghini donated to him by the luxury sports car maker, at the Vatican. The car will be auctioned off by Sotheby's, with the proceeds going to charities. Photo: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

Philip Pullella

Pope Francis received some hot new wheels yesterday in the form of a white and yellow Lamborghini, but he won't be using it on the tree-shaded roads of the Vatican gardens.

The donated Lamborghini Huracan, which normally sells for more than €170,000, was signed by Pope Francis outside his Vatican residence and will be auctioned by Sotheby's, with proceeds given to help the needy.

The Vatican said all the money would go to projects to help Christians return to rebuild their homes in Iraq's Nineveh Plains that were destroyed by Islamic State militants.

It will also go to help victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution and to two groups that provide medical services in central Africa.

Pope Francis has shunned the papal limousines used by his predecessors in favour of a Ford Focus. White and yellow are the colours of the Vatican.

Irish Independent

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