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Car that ferried Pope around Philadelphia sold for $82,000

Car that ferried Pope around Philadelphia sold for $82,000

Will the cash raised in action this week for what has been dubbed  the ‘Pope Francis’ Philly Fiat’ be used to partly reimburse taxpayers who forked out $8-million for Frankie visit to the city last year?

Or will the money raised through the sale of the Fiat 500L be given to victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of paedophile priests in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia?

Nope!

The money will go to instead to the Church.

According to this report, the auction at the Philadelphia Auto Show of the tiny black Fiat 500L drew more than 19 bidders and lasted just 11 minutes.

The winning bid of $82,000 was put forward by Michael and Kate Chapman of Chapman Auto Stores and the money will “benefit” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, church officials said.

The 79-year-old Pontiff chose the Fiat as a symbol of his concern for the environment and desire to put aside some of the rich trappings long associated with his office.

A new Fiat 500L starts at a list price of about $19,000, according to the company’s website.

The Fiat was one of six used during the Pontiff’s visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia. He also used a white Jeep with open sides known as a “Popemobile” that allowed Francis to kiss babies as he passed.

4 responses to “Car that ferried Pope around Philadelphia sold for $82,000”

  1. Vanity Unfair says:

    The FIAT 500 was, indeed, tiny, having a 500cc engine. The new Fiat 500 is quite still quite small but the Fiat 500L is a normal-size family car. The L might stand for “Large” or “Look at the size of that thing. There’s no way that’s a 500.”

  2. barriejohn says:

    Leonardo Di Caprio was “inspired” by the Pope when he met him recently (he’s a Catholic, of course – Leo, I mean). Inspired by the utterances of the Pope regarding climate change when he forbids the use of condoms. Religion truly rots the brain!

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/01/30/leonardo-dicaprio-talks-meeting-inspiring-pope-francis/79595420/

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    I should be more compassionate, as automobiles are a long-term challenge for Christians…

    “And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.” – Judges 1:19

    … but instead, I cast derision upon the international child rape ring that is the Roman Catholic Church.

  4. jay says:

    Ref the Philadelphia trial, serious questions arise about the case against Englehardt and Shero, including apparent manipulation of evidence by the DA.

    I always assume a very cautious take on alleged cases that arise years later. We in the US have had a history of cases built on public horror rather than facts (see McMartin, etc)

    http://www.newsweek.com/2016/01/29/billy-doe-altar-boy-sends-four-men-prison-philadelphia-rape-case-417565.html