The pontiff’s new exceptional release Huracan sports auto was sold at Sotheby’s to fund-raise for charities that help Christians.
Help to the Church in Need (ACN) will utilize some portion of the assets to help with its work reconstructing Christian settlements on the Nineveh Plains obliterated by Islamic State (IS).
Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus (a world poverty lay association), Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main (a foundation supporting various nations in Africa and Asia) and the Pope John XXIII Community Association will also receive some of the raised cash.
The sleek, luxury white car with yellow-gold markings has Pope Francis’ signature on the bonnet.
It had a pre-auction speculation expected of $430,000-$600,000.
Alfredo Mantovano and Alessandro Monteduro, president and director of ACN (Italy), said in a statement: “We have thanked the Holy Father and assured him that we will use his gift well – by bringing thousands more Christians back to Nineveh.”