Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2013 / 11:11 am
Inspired by the words and example of Pope Francis, a priest in Santa Marta, Colombia, said that he has decided to sell the luxury Mercedes-Benz his family gave to him.
On July 9, Father Hernando Fajid Alvarez Yacub, chaplain of Saint Michael's Cemetery, told reporters that the money he gets from selling the car – valued at $62,000 – will be given to his family members.
The family gave him the car a year ago as a gesture of gratitude for caring for his three younger siblings after their parents died.
The decision came two days after Pope Francis told a group of seminarians and novices in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall that "it hurts me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car."