Pope Auctions Donated Harley for the Homeless

by Alec Torres

On February 6, Pope Francis’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle, autographed by the pope himself, will be put up for auction through the Bonhams auction house at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Pope Francis received two motorcycles and a leather jacket in June when motorcyclists came to Rome in celebration of Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday. The bike being auctioned is expected to fetch between $16,000 and $20,000, and proceeds from the sale will go to a Catholic charity, Caritas Roma, which plans to use the funds to renovate a soup kitchen and homeless hostel at Rome’s Termini railroad station.

Pope Francis is not one for fancy vehicles, having previously ditched the Mercedes-Benz pope-mobile for a Fiat during his visit to Rio de Janeiro in July. Before becoming pope, Francis, then known as Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio, commonly took the bus.

Via the Independent.