Pope Francis has just got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini, but he won’t be taking it for a holy spin anytime soon.
Instead, the special edition supercar will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq.
He opts instead for modest Fiats or KIAs. Officials from the luxury sports car maker presented Francis with the sleek white car with gold papal detailing today.
The pope promptly blessed it outside the Vatican hotel where he lives. A run-of-the mill Lamborghini Huracan will set you back €183,000 (£165,000), but this special papal edition is expected to fetch far more at auction.
Some of the funds raised from the auction will go to rebuilding homes, churches and public buildings in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains. They were devastated during three years of fighting by the Islamic State group.