Luxury sports car maker Lamborghini has presented Pope Francis with a brand-new, special edition Huracan which the Pope plans to auction off for the proceeds to be donated to charity.
Some of the funds raised from the Sotheby’s auction will go to rebuilding Christian communities in Iraq devastated by the Islamic State group. The Vatican said Wednesday that the aim is to allow displaced Christians “to finally return to their roots and recover their dignity.”
Lamborghini officials presented the sleek, white car with yellow-gold detailing to Pope Francis on Wednesday in front of the Vatican hotel where he lives. The pope promptly blessed it.
Base prices for the Huracan, introduced in 2014, usually start at around 183,000 euros. A special edition built for a papal charity would be expected to fetch far more at auction.