Thursday, September 29, 2016

Catholic charity to sell Pope Francis' cars used in Poland

In this July 31, 2016 file photo pope Francis and Krakow cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, right, are arriving in a navy blue Volkswagen Golf car to celebrate a Holy Mass there. The car, along with two other similar VW Golf care that Francis was driven in in Poland has been put on auction by a Polish Catholic Church charity to raise funds for a mobile clinic for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and for a shelter for the disabled in Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need. 

Francis was driven in three navy blue Volkswagen Golf cars during his July 27-31 stay in the southern city of Krakow for World Youth Day events. 

The cars bore the registration plates K1 POPE , K2 POPE and K3 POPE . 

The Krakow branch of the Caritas charity says Tuesday that each car is worth 80,000 zlotys ($21,000) and will be sold to the highest bidders in an online auction running through Oct. 9. 

Caritas says the car sales will help finance a mobile clinic for Syrians in Lebanon and a shelter for elderly and disabled people in Poland.

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