Date: November 16, 2017 08:04PM
"Pope Francis is known for his modest taste in transportation, eschewing his "Popemobile" for a small, black Fiat 500. So when Lamborghini handed him a papal gold-and-white Huracán, there was little chance that Vatican City natives would see the pontiff performing doughnut in St. Peter’s Square.
Instead, he is to auction off the luxury sports car to raise money for charity, specifically to help Christian communities devastated by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq. Money raised will fund the Nineveh Plains Reconstruction Project, a home for women who were victims of trafficking at the hands of ISIS.
Francis blessed the special-edition car in a Vatican City ceremony on Wednesday. The value of a typical Huracán in Europe is around 200,000 euros ($236,000).
But at auction, with the pope’s blessing, his signature on the hood and the gold-and-white design, the car is expected to ship for even more.
The Vatican said Wednesday that the sale of the sports car would help work toward allowing displaced Christians “to finally return to their roots and recover their dignity.”
The money, made from a sale at famous auction house Sotheby’s, will be put toward helping Christian in Iraq who were forced to flee the offensive of ISIS from 2014 onward, as well as Italian charities in Africa....
This is not the first time that Francis has ordered the sale of expensive vehicles for charitable causes. In 2014, he sold a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in aid of a homeless shelter in Rome.
Last year, he ordered the three cars he had used on a trip to Poland to be auctioned off to help Syrian refugees. The vehicles, all navy blue VW Golf cars, had personalized number plates."
That's one Pope who puts his money where his mouth is. His actions DO SPEAK LOUDER than words.
Good for him. :)http://www.newsweek.com/pope-giving-away-white-and-gold-lamborghini-because-isis-711838
It's a beauty.
"The Pope is about to make some fast money.
Lamborghini has donated one of its supercars to The Holy See that will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on 12 May 2018, with all of the proceeds earmarked for charitable organizations supported by the Catholic church....
And, no, he did not take it for a spin. But he did bless it.
Prices for the 573 hp Lamborghini start around $200,000, but if history is any guide the winning bid should be much higher than that.
A slightly more humble $21,000 Fiat 500L that Pope Francis was driven around in during his visit to the United States in 2015 was later sold at a charity auction for $82,000."http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/11/15/lamborghini-donates-huracan-supercar-to-pope-francis-for-charity-auction.html