Pope to auction his Harley Davidson for charity

Photo credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

Photo credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

Back in June, Pope Francis was given a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle, as part of the American-based company’s 110th anniversary celebration in Rome. The pope, known to prefer modest forms of transportation, will auction off the “hog” to raise money for a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Rome.

Monsignor Enrico Feroci, director of Caritas Rome, the organization that runs the shelter, said:

“It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this.”

Pope Francis is known to have taken public transportation as archbishop in Argentina, and has encouraged priests and religious to eschew new or expensive cars. The pope’s current car is a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles on it, which was gifted to him by an Italian priest last month.

For more information on Pope Francis’ Harley Davidson, read the full article at the National Catholic Register.

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