Just when you thought Pop Francis couldn’t get any cooler, he goes on and donates his Harley Davidson motorcycle for charity.
Don’t go back to re-read that sentence; it isn’t a case of optical illusion. What you read was real. The Pope does have a hog for now, but he is giving it away for auction so that Caritas Roma – a charity organization – gets to renovate a soup kitchen and shelter of their choice.
So how did the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church get the 1,585 cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide? Did he buy it? Nope, actually Harley-Davidson Inc gave it to him as a gift. But of course, the septuagenarian had no use for it so it is going to auctioneering company Bonham, who will handle the bike’s sale before handing the proceeds – sans their cut – to Caritas Roma.
“Funds raised by the sale will go towards the renovation of the charity’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station,” Bonhams revealed in a statement.
Ben Walker, Bonham’s head of the motorcycles division added: “We are incredibly honored to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma. 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.”
The Harley in question’s invoice value is believed to be somewhere between $17,770 and $20,500, but now that the Pope has signed his name on its gas tank, it is expected to fetch more money than that.