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‘Papal’ Lamborghini gift to be auctioned off for charity

While a Lamborghini would make a stylish popemobile, Pope Francis has decided to auction off the one he was given by the Italian automaker to aid several charities close to his heart.

The pope was presented with a one-of-a-kind white and gold Lamborghini Huracan by the luxury car manufacturer on Wednesday 15th November, just before making his way to his weekly general audience in the standard popemobile.

The pope signed and blessed the automobile, which will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. The proceeds, the Vatican said, will be given to the pope, who has already chosen to fund three projects: the resettlement of Christians in Iraq’s Ninevah Plain; support for women rescued from human trafficking and forced prostitution; and assistance to the suffering in Africa.

Specifically, part of the proceeds from the auction will go to Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation, which is working to rebuild homes, houses of worship and community buildings that were destroyed by Daesh and caused thousands of Iraqi Christians to flee their homes.

The pope also will give funds to: the Pope John XXIII community, an Italian organisation that assists women victims of prostitution and human trafficking; and to the International Group of Hand Surgeon Friends to support its projects to provide specialised medical care in Africa; and to the Italian group Amici di Centrafrica, which helps women and children in the Central African Republic.

Picture: Pope Francis blesses a Lamborghini presented by representatives of the Italian automaker at the Vatican on Wednesday 15th November. The car will be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).