Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pope Francis gets $237,000 Lamborghini as gift, but he puts it up for auction to raise money for charity


Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalised white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile.

The Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, was blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl his signature on its gleaming bonnet before it was sent off to Sotheby's auction house.

The supercar usually goes for around 200,000 euros ($237,000), but this model -- featuring gold stripes and gold-rimmed wing mirrors in homage to the pope's gold-tipped stole -- is expected to beat that.

The money raised will go to four charitable projects, including one aimed at rebuilding the homes and churches of persecuted Christians in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq.

The Lamborghini will also help fund an Italian association helping victims of human trafficking and prostitution rings, as well as two organisations active in Africa aimed at supporting vulnerable women and children.

It is not the first time the Argentine has received a high-speed gift: in 2014 he was given a Harley Davidson motorbike and jacket, both of which he auctioned off for charity.

The famously humble pontiff is more of a fan of buses.

He opted to ride one the day after his election in 2013 instead of taking a limousine, and regularly used them in his homeland Argentina instead of taxis.

The pope, who loves to be close to the people, has stuck doggedly to using his open-topped popemobile to move through the crowds at masses at both the Vatican and on foreign trips, despite security fears.

He has stayed faithful to the white all-terrain vehicles with bubble tops despite an accident in Colombia this year in which he lost his balance while it was moving and ended up with a black eye.

Historically, popes moved around on a "sedia gestatoria", a ceremonial red silk-covered throne which was carried on shoulders until the 20th century, when it was swapped for the popemobile.

AFP

26 comments:

  1. Catholic and Proud God Bless the Universal Church

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  2. God bless his knowledge and sense of humane

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  3. What can I say when this man of God is just showing us how to help the poor I love him for that. God bless the Pope,

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  4. More wisdom for Pope, he knows that all the material things are just vanity. Vanity upon vanity, All is vanity.

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  5. More wisdom for Pope, he knows that all the material things are just vanity. Vanity upon vanity, All is vanity.

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  6. There's a story behind every person.
    There's a reason why they are the way they are.
    It doesn't matter what you have but what you can give out for charity.... imagine £200,000 just like that where the so called Men of God of our days will go for private Jet.
    The Pope in this singular act, has proven in retrospect that he is too busy touching more lives as true representative of Christ.
    Bravo to you, Pope Francis for being a great Teacher cum Doctor of today's Church.
    May the good Lord continue to bless and preserve your Large-Heart as you doggedly work in his vineyard through Christ our Lord Amen
    I love my Pope!

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  7. Teach us Lord on how to do your will.
    And fill us with your wisdom do learn from your annointed.
    #charity

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  8. This is what it means to be a Christian; doing like Christ. God bless and preserve the pope and the church. Amen

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  9. This is a selfless act towards the neglected in our society. We could end world poverty if more world leaders emulated this act of the Pontiff as the way to go. May we ever be mindful of our duty to share our little little comfort with the vulnerable in our society.

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  10. This is pure humility and sense of humane. I'm of Pentecostal not orthodox but such act as this make me question the humility and passion for soul winning of pentecostal pastors and bishops. The pontiff has really shown to us (pentecostal) what it means to be humble and duty bound to Christ commission of soul winning. This is pure humility in action.

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  11. May God continue to bless,protect, strengthen and grant you Wisdom as you reachout to the poor. Amen

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  12. Each day I pray for increase of love..Unless you love,you can not be charitable..Plase God,increase the Pope's love Amen..

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  13. I hope the Jet buying, and mansion building Pastors are learning?

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    1. Lol only for Africa pastor go own a private jet and rolls royce and people way dae go E church dem dae hungry

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  14. Thanks to the pope for showing good examples and teaching others to do so.

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  15. A good show of passionate love for mankind as expected. Everyone should take a cue from this. God bless His servant in all he needs to lead His Church

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  16. A good show of passionate love for mankind as expected. Everyone should take a cue from this. God bless His servant in all he needs to lead His Church

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  17. Our new generation pastor's should sell their Private jet and do the same i believe thing will be better

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  18. Happy to identify with him as my Pope. The successor of St. Peter The Apostle. Vicar of Christ

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  19. Nigerian pastors / GOs should take a cue from the Pope. They don't need a private jet to do God's work, even if it is given to them for free. The jets can be put to better use.

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