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Black Fiat used by Pope Francis to be auctioned at auto show

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 20, 2016 at 5:23 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A black Fiat that was used to transport Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia will be auctioned off at the Philadelphia Auto Show.

The black Fiat 500L will be up for auction during the auto show's Black Tie Tailgate on Jan. 29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

"We are delighted to have Pope Francis' Fiat 500L on display for the entirety of the Philadelphia Auto Show and we are excited to add this auction component to the Black Tie Tailgate," Philadelphia Auto Show Chairman David Kelleher said in a statement. "The Auto Show is proud to provide this platform to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 for the auction of the Papal Fiat 500L."

A second black Fiat 500L used by the Pope while in Philadelphia will be on display for the duration of the show, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7. The Archdiocese has the option to offer it for sale.

Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre told CBS Philadelphia that half of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Catholic charities including family, adoption and health care service centers as well as housing, hunger and homeless services.

The other half will be distributed to Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen, and four special education schools run by the archdiocese.

"It's exactly what Pope Francis would have wanted us to do," said Donna Farrell executive director of World Meeting of Families.

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