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Pope’s Philadelphia Visit Fiat 500L is up for Auction

Update Date: Jan 31, 2016 03:26 PM EST
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Pope Francis came to US in September 2015 and impressed the world with his humble choice of car, a Fiat 500L. The same 500L by fiat is now up for auction. This auction will take place at the Philadelphia Auto Show that happens annually at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 29th January. The bidding will acceptable, both remotely and in-person. The proceedings from the Black Tail Tailgate will be handed over to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the money received from the auction of Pope's Fiat will benefit certain ministries and missions of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen, Catholic Charities, The Schools of Special Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Saint Katherine Day School, and many others, reports Auto Evolution.

"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," David Kelleher, Chairman of the Philadelphia Auto Show, commented.

"The Fiat is such an icon of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia and the auction of this vehicle serves as an extraordinary final event to close this memorable chapter in the City's history," Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015, said.

Director of Communications, Kenneth Gavin told Autoblog that FCA US gave Pope Francis two 500Ls to use while on his visit to Philadelphia and then the automaker donated these cars to the Archdiocese. He also added that it is not easy to put a price tag on such special vehicles. However, the Archdiocese is hoping to get as much as they can so that they can benefit the respective charities, as reported by Autoblog.com

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