Pope Francis was gifted a personalised white Lamborghini Huracan with gold papal detailing by the luxury sports car makers on Wednesday, but he won’t be using it.
Instead, the special edition supercar will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s and the proceeds will go to pontiff to help the needy.
The Pope signed the hood of the car outside his Vatican residence before the car was sent off to Sotheby’s for auction. The Pope’s signature is sure to bump up the value of this special edition supercar which normally sells for upward of $200,000.
The Vatican said all the money raised will go to four charitable projects, including one aimed at helping the Christians return to rebuild their homes in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq that were destroyed by Islamic State militants.
The proceeds will also help fund charities that help women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution, as well as two organisations active in Africa aimed at supporting vulnerable women and children.
It is not the first time the Pope has received a high value gift. In 2014 the Pope was gifted a Harley-Davidson motorbike and jacket which were auctioned for $284,000 and $68,000 respectively.
The Pope has shunned the papal limousines used by his predecessors, and gets around the Vatican City in a blue Ford Focus.