For Sale: Pope’s Harley-Davidson

October 18, 2013 by  
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Pope Francis has donated his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostelVatican City, October 17, 2013: Pope Francis to auction motorbike to aid homeless charity

Pope Francis has donated his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen that serves Rome’s homeless.

“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,” Monsignor Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome, said at an Oct. 12 press conference.

The sale of the motorcycle will fund the renovation of Caritas’ Don Luigi di Liegro Hostel and Soup Kitchen at Rome’s Termini station. The two projects have operated since 1987 to help relieve the suffering of about 1,000 people every day, Caritas Rome reports.

Msgr. Feroci thanked Pope Francis on behalf of everyone who will benefit from “this act of hospitality and solidarity.” He assured the Pope that the poor will continue to pray for the “precious work that he is doing in the vineyard of the Lord.”

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company presented two of its motorcycles and a biker jacket to Pope Francis in June, when Rome hosted the 110th anniversary celebration of the iconic American motorcycle. On June 16 the Pope blessed about 800 bikers and their rides in St. Peter’s Square.

– catholic news agency

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