Harley Davidson motorcycles are parked along Via della Conciliazione during the mass for the Evangelium Vitae Day at St. Peter's Square. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis recently handed off his Harley Davidson motorcycle so that the homeless in Rome may find food a bit easier. 

A fundraiser was held in Vatican City to gather money for renovations of Caritas' Don Luigi di Liegro Hostel and Soup Kitchen at Rome's Termini Station, the National Catholic Register reported. The shelter helps serve Rome's homeless population, and reaches about 1,000 people daily. 

Director of Caritas Rome, Msgr. Enrico Feroci said, "It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome." 

According to the NCR, Feroci said the Pope's gift was "an act of hospitality and solidarity." To thank Pope Francis, Feroci promised the poor would pray for the Pope's "precious work." 

In June, the 110th anniversary celebration of the American motorcycle landed in St. Peter’s Square, where Pope Francis received two motorcycles and a biker jacket from Harley Davidson Motor Company, the NCR said. Pope Francis blessed some 800 bikers.

He spoke to vehicle owners, too.

“And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger,” Pope Francis said later in July, when he spoke to seminaries and religious novices.

The NCR reported Pope Francis urged those people to choose less expensive transportation options. In Argentina, he was often seen taking public transportation.

Complete report from the National Catholic Register

 

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