Pope Francis has just got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini, but he won’t be taking it for a holy spin anytime soon.
Instead, the special edition supercar will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, with the proceeds going to charities helping rebuild Christian communities in Iraq.
Inside the Vatican walls, the pope gets about in a blue Ford Focus, and he has publicly shunned taking fancy, bullet-proof 4x4s on all his foreign trips.
He opts instead for modest Fiats or KIAs.
Officials from the luxury sports car maker presented Francis with the sleek white car with gold papal detailing today.
The pope promptly blessed it outside the Vatican hotel where he lives.
A run-of-the mill Lamborghini Huracan will set you back €183,000 (£165,000), but this special papal edition is expected to fetch far more at auction.
Before being made pope, Francis got around his native Buenos Aires on public transport, and he has long railed against people who buy the latest model cars or smart phones.
Some of the funds raised from the auction will go to rebuilding homes, churches and public buildings in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains.
They were devastated during three years of fighting by the Islamic State group.
The Vatican said the aim is to allow Christians who were forced to flee Nineveh ‘to finally return to their roots and recover their dignity’.
Other funds will go to charities that help women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution, and those that provide medical care in Africa.