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A brand-new, special edition Lamborghini Huracan presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.  Part of the funds raised from the Sotheby’s auction will go to the “Return to the Roots” project run by the charity Aid to the Church in Need  (ACN) whose Canadian office is located in Canada. This project helps displaced Christians go back to their original villages and recover their dignity after the devastation caused by the Islamic State group.

“We have thanked the Holy Father and assured him that we will use his gift well – by bringing thousands more Christians back to Nineveh,” said Alfredo Mantovano and Alessandro Monteduro, president and director of ACN (Italy), who were present this morning (Wednesday 15th November)  at the delivery of the sleek, white car with yellow-gold markings to Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.

“This is another occasion to remember how essential it is to support the Christians in Iraq, they who, since 2003, have not ceased being victims of terrorist acts and intimidation,” underscores Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Canada. “From 1.5 million prior to the American invasion, they now number less than 300,000.  Support for Christians in the Nineveh Plains is imperative.”


A reconstruction plan supported by a large company

“My Italian colleagues showed the plans to Pope Francis: the first realizations of our project and the photos of the first families who were able to go home,” says Mrs. Lalonde.  “They underscored for the Pope that this plan is one part of a large process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and is the fruit of an accord among the local Churches of which the priests and consecrated people collaborate actively and are accompanying the reconstruction with practical means of assistance.

Finally,” concludes Mrs. Lalonde, “my colleagues wished to thank the maker of the Lamborghini sports car.  According to them – and I fully share their point of view – it sets a good example of a way large companies and help the suffering Christians.”

Pope Françis supports persecuted Christians

It is not the first time that Pope Francis has supported persecuted Christians in Iraq through the Pontifical Foundation ACN. In 2016, he donated $146,000 to the Saint Joseph Hospital in Erbil, where thousands of refugees are being treated.

The Pope’s words of encouragement for the ambitious ACN plan for the reconstruction of the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plains were also transmitted in September through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. He took part in ACN’s international conference on the so-called “Marshall Plan” to help Iraq’s Christians.


By Marta Petrosillo and Maria Lozano, ACN International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada





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