LAMBORGHINI SIGNED BY POPE NETS €900,000 FOR CHARITY
From Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni:
Today, the Holy Father met the President of Lamborghini and the heads of the OMAZE Foundation, who oversaw the auction for charity purposes, of the “Huracan Lamborghini” car made available by the car manufacturer and signed by Pope Francis on November 15, 2017. The winner of the car, a citizen of the Czech Republic, was also present.
During the meeting, the Holy Father was given a symbolic check of the operation of around 900,000.
The final part of the proceeds, about € 200,000, will be used for the reconstruction of the seminary and a nursery school in Haiti, which were destroyed by the 2010 earthquake.
The Holy Father cited the Gospel of Matthew in chapter 25 and emphasized how the generosity of this gesture of charity, which directly reaches the poorest, corresponds to the words of the evangelical passage.
Previously, the following amounts were given to:
– the Pope John XXIII Community (women victims of trafficking and prostitution) on the 10th anniversary of the death of Don Oreste Benzi and on the 50th anniversary (in 2018) of the Community Foundation (Euro 300,000.00);
– the “Help to the Church in Need” Foundation for the reconstruction of the Plain of Nineveh (Euro 200,000.00);
– two Associations indicated by the car manufacturer: Amici Centrafrica Onlus and GICAM (Euro 160,000.00).