Friday, January 17, 2014

Riding on the highway to heaven? Pope auctions his Harley Davidson chopper for charity.

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

Did you know the Pope had a Harley?

It’s a safe bet that no matter what religion you practice or even if you don’t, Pope Francis has found a way into your heart through his humility and good works. Pope Francis has quickly gained a reputation as the cool pontiff, but who knew he had a Harley? Two, actually and a custom biker jacket.

The pope plans to sell off his 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, embellished with a signature on the tank that reads "Francesco”.

In June, the pontiff was given two of the iconic motorcycles by the Milwaukee-based manufacturer “Harley Davidson” in celebration of the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle brand. The pope is known for refusing to ride bullet proof Popemobiles so that he can interact with the faithful and turning to more low-key modes of transportation.

"I suspect that it will (have) a very limited mileage," said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, the auction house handling this sale.

The Pope is presented with a custom, leather "biker" jacket.

The proceeds will go to help the homeless.

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

"We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause," Walker said.

Bonhams estimated the holy hog could raise between 12,000 and 15,000 euros, about $16,000 to $20,000.

After the Harley is auctioned at the Grand Palais in Paris on Feb. 6, a custom leather biker jacket also given to the pope and later signed by His Holiness will be sold separately.

“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 a press conference.

The Pope practices humility when it comes to transportation.

Pope Francis has always encouraged clergy to show humility in their choice of transportation.

In July, he told a group of seminarians and religious novices that he felt hurt when he sees a priest or a sister with a brand new car. “And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger,” he said, urging them to choose simpler transportation options.

As a cardinal in Argentina, Pope Francis was well known for taking public transportation.

In September, the Pope accepted an Italian priest’s gift of a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles on its odometer instead of the “Pope mobile”.

Pope Francis embodies the spirit of giving and once again looks out for the less fortunate.
You rock, Pontiff!!!
The Pope's "Holy Hog", with his name on the side.

Nancy Burban 2014

Funeral fund

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