Rome Newsroom, Mar 3, 2021 / 06:15 am America/Denver (CNA).
Christians in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains were able to rebuild a nursery school and other facilities destroyed by the Islamic State thanks to a custom Lamborghini auctioned off by Pope Francis.
The pope received the white Lamborghini Huracán emblazoned with gold stripes on its hood as a donation from company executives of the Italian sports car manufacturer in November 2017.
After blessing and signing the luxury sports car, the Vatican auctioned it off six months later via Sotheby’s in London for $950,000, a portion of which was earmarked to help with the restoration of destroyed towns in the Nineveh Plains.
The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need was entrusted with 200,000 euros (around $240,000), which it used to complete two building projects in Iraq, according to its director in Rome.
Alessandro Monteduro, director of Aid to the Church in Need Italia, said he was pleased that these rebuilding projects had been completed just before Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, which will take place on March 5-8.