Pope Francis was given a white-painted special edition of Lamborghini Huracan which sells for around 180,000 euros, perfectly matched the pope’s white cassock as a gift, but the pontiff gave it to charity.
The pontiff received the Italian supercar painted especially for him in papal gold and white on Wednesday morning in a ceremony in Vatican City.
He blessed it, signed its hood, and promptly handed it over to Sotheby’s, which will auction off the Huracan on his behalf to raise money for charity.
They include a fund to rebuild homes and churches for Christians chased out of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists. The rebuilding efforts will be focused on the Nineveh Plains, north-east of Mosul, where Christians were forced to flee years of fighting.
The aim is to allow Christians who were forced to leave the region “to finally return to their roots and recover their dignity,” the Holy See said.
Of the two other charities that will benefit from the sale, one helps migrant women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution and another provides medical aid in Africa.
The Pope’s blessing of the car is likely to ensure that it sells for far more than its original value.
* This is how it is supposed to be done, I hope our pastors can emulate this.