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Fiat used by Pope during 2015 visit to Philadelphia being auctioned

Pope Francis exits one of two Fiats, which he used in Philadelphia in 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is auctioning a FIAT 500L used by Pope Francis for transportation during his historic visit to Philadelphia in September 2015.

The auction is being conducted in partnership with Charitybuzz. Bidding runs through Dec. 20 at charitybuzz.com/papalfiat.

Net proceeds will benefit the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA). This appeal provides the support needed to tens of thousands of people through countless organizations, programs and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The beneficiaries are grouped into five key areas: education; social services; evangelization, parish and spiritual life; clergy and local mission activities. Those who receive assistance and support from these ministries come from a broad array of faith traditions.

“I’m deeply grateful to Fiat Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 to 27, 2015,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

“When we learned that these vehicles would be given to us, we wanted to use them in a manner consistent with Pope Francis’ call to love and care for the poor. Our partnership with Charitybuzz provides an excellent opportunity to benefit society’s most vulnerable and marginalized members.”

The Archdiocese auctioned the other Fiat 500L during the 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate in January 2016. Proceeds from that auction benefitted the Catholic Charities Appeal and various ministries of the Secretariat for Catholic Human Services.

To learn more about the ministries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that serve those most in need, visit cssphiladelphia.org.

For information about Charitybuzz, visit charitybuzz.com.



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