Pope Francis received a special edition Lamborghini Huracan as a gift from the luxury sports car maker on Nov. 15. However, the pontiff will reportedly be auctioning off his new vehicle to raise money to rebuild Christian communities in Iraq.
On Wednesday, Lamborghini presented Pope Francis with a white-and-yellow-gold Huracan outside his abode in the Vatican that he promptly blessed. But instead of cruising around in the new vehicle, the pontiff will be auctioning off the special edition car through Sotheby's, where the proceeds will be given to charities that help Christians rebuild the homes that were destroyed by the Islamic State, the Associated Press detailed.
The Huracan, which first came out in 2014, is usually worth at least 183,000 Euros (roughly $216,000). Since the car given to Pope Francis was specially crafted and intended for his charity work, it is expected to be auctioned off at a much higher price.
The Vatican said it aimed to help displaced Christians return to Nineveh and "recover their dignity." While some of the proceeds of the Lamborghini auction will fund the rebuilding of homes, churches, and other public establishments in Iraq, others will be given to charities that focus on victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis said Christians ought to consider the possibility of persecution, much like what the believers in the Middle East experienced. However, he urged them not to be afraid to continue spreading the Gospel and to "fear no one," the Vatican Radio reported.
In addition, the pope reminded the faithful that Jesus Christ also experienced persecution, rejection, and even died on the cross. He said these tribulations were simply part of the Christian mission.
Towards the end of his reflection, Pope Francis acknowledged that present-day Christians still experience persecution. He invited the faithful to pray for their persecuted brethren and to praise God because they still continue to press on and become Christ's witnesses in spite of their sufferings.