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Pope’s Lamborghini will be auctioned for charity

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 5:51pm

In a move that will surely see Lamborghini being awarded a Golden Cleric award, the Italian supercar maker has donated a one-off rear-wheel drive Huracan to the Pope.

Sadly, His Holiness Pope Francis won’t be using the 600hp atomic-doorstop Lambo for his daily commute across St Peter’s Square (imagine the drifting one could do with a V10 engine and that much open space) but will instead auction the car off for charity.

Presumably, none of the money raised will be resting in anyone’s accounts for long, as the Vatican has confirmed that proceeds from the auction will go to three charities — one working with the Christian community in Iraq, another than helps women who’ve been victims of human trafficking, and another that works with children and families in Africa.

The car was presented to the Pope by Lamborghini’s chairman and chief executive Stefano Domenicali, and was created by the firm’s Ad Personam service, which builds bespoke and one-off versions for customers with even more money than the Catholic Church.

The Huracan has been finished in the colours of the Vatican City flag, with white Bianco Monocerus paint and yellow-gold Giallo Tiberino highlights along the bonnet, roof, and the side air scoops.

It’s not the first bit of automotive charity work for the Pope. The Fiat 500L and Jeep Wrangler used for Pope Francis’ official visits to the USA were both auctioned off, and His Holiness has apparently used an appropriately humble Ford Focus from the Vatican’s in-house car fleet for engagements in and around Rome.

Ad celeritatem in ad diligendum colendumque praeceperat Dominus. (Go, at speed, to love and serve the lord.)

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