The Vatican plans to auction off one of Pope Francis’ two Harley-Davidson motorcycles and donate the proceeds to a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless in Rome.
The Dyna Super Glide is signed “Francisco” and was a gift from the Milwaukee manufacturer during a June 2013 event where he blessed a thundering parade of bikers in Rome at an event to mark the iconic company’s 110th anniversary.
Funds raised for the Caritas Roma charity will go towards the renovation of the charity’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station.
The hostel opened by the Catholic Church 30 years ago to help the homeless, jobless and the poor, and the money raised by the Harley Davidson’s sale will allow it to continue to provide food and accommodation to more than 1,000 people in need every day.
The auction, by Bonhams in the Grand Palais in Paris, will take place on February 6, 2014.
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