Will the cash raised in action this week for what has been dubbed the ‘Pope Francis’ Philly Fiat’ be used to partly reimburse taxpayers who forked out $8-million for Frankie visit to the city last year?
Or will the money raised through the sale of the Fiat 500L be given to victims who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of paedophile priests in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia?
The money will go to instead to the Church.
According to this report, the auction at the Philadelphia Auto Show of the tiny black Fiat 500L drew more than 19 bidders and lasted just 11 minutes.
The winning bid of $82,000 was put forward by Michael and Kate Chapman of Chapman Auto Stores and the money will “benefit” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, church officials said.
The 79-year-old Pontiff chose the Fiat as a symbol of his concern for the environment and desire to put aside some of the rich trappings long associated with his office.
A new Fiat 500L starts at a list price of about $19,000, according to the company’s website.
The Fiat was one of six used during the Pontiff’s visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia. He also used a white Jeep with open sides known as a “Popemobile” that allowed Francis to kiss babies as he passed.