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The Heartwarming Reason Pope Francis Is Giving Up His Special Edition Lamborghini

The pontiff signed the supercar in Vatican City ceremony Wednesday.
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Lamborghini presented Pope Francis with a special edition version of its Huracán in Vatican City on Wednesday, but the pontiff won't be keeping it.

Instead, the 5.2-liter, V-10 supercar will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby's to benefit a number of charities, including one devoted to helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by the Islamic State group.

Pope Francis signed his name, "Francesco," on the yellow-and-white car's hood after the presentation outside his residence yesterday. Base prices for the Hurácan, which was first introduced in 2014, typically start around $217,000. This special edition featuring papal yellow-gold detailing is expected to fetch much more at auction.

In case the papal extras aren't enough, the pontiff blessed the vehicle outside the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.


Pope Francis signs the special edition Lamborghini

It's a far cry from the no-frills Fiats and KIAs the pope uses on foreign trips, and when he's at the Vatican he gets around in a blue Ford Focus.

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Some of the funds raised from the auction will go to rebuilding homes, churches, and public buildings in Iraq's Nineveh Plains which were devastated during three years of fighting by the Islamic State group. The Vatican said the aim is to allow Christians who were forced to flee Nineveh "to finally return to their roots and recover their dignity."

Other funds will go to charities that help women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution, and those that provide medical care in Africa.

With reporting from the Associated Press.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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