Pope receives special edition Lamborghini to auction for charity

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It is understood that the proceeds will go to a Catholic charity seeking to return Christian exiles to Iraq, to another one helping victims of the sex trade in Italy and to two Italian charities that operate in Africa.

The tendency was clearly apparent when you compared healthcare cover between countries and continents, the pope said, adding that it was also visible within more wealthy countries, "where access to healthcare risks being more dependent on individuals' economic resources than on their actual need for treatment".

Lamborghini officials presented the sleek, white auto with yellow-gold detailing to Francis on Wednesday in front of the Vatican hotel where he lives.

A special edition built for a papal charity would be expected to fetch far more at auction. Pope Francis christened the Lamborghini by signing it "Francesco" with a black market on the vehicle.

As things go, it might bring $300,000 to $500,000, perhaps as much as $850,000, on the regular auction circuit.

Lambo CEO Stefano Domenicali reportedly presented the vehicle to the pope in a special ceremony. Lamborghini made a decision to present it as a gift to the Pontiff, and of course the model doesn't fit Pope Francis' austere style very well - but it's a great appetizer for collectors that will also help those in need.

The bespoke Huracan pays tribute to the colors of the Vatican City flag. There is no information about exactly when the auction will take place are not published and technical characteristics of the vehicle.

Ad Personam, Lamborghini's customization department, created the specialty model.