Pope Francis and ACN
The gesture of the Holy Father fortifies the hope of the Christians of Iraq
Over one million dollars gained in the auction of the Lamborghini donated to Pope Francis
The Lamborghini, donated last November by the car company to Pope Francis, was sold at auction in Sotheby’s, Monaco, for over one million dollars last Saturday. The proceeds from the sale will be directly handed over to the Holy Father who has decided to set it aside for four charities.
In accepting the gift at the time, the Holy Father wanted all the proceeds of the auction to go to various charities. Pope Francis has designated a part of the income to alleviate the needs of the Christian communities in Iraq. Especially of those who, after the military defeat of Daesh in 2016, wish to return to their villages of the Nineveh plains from which they were expelled back in August 2014. The military ousting of Daesh has allowed for the reconstruction of Christian towns and villages, an operation that Aid to the Church in Need has been largely involved in since its conception in spring 2017.
At least 50% of the proceeds from the auction will go towards rebuilding homes, public structures and places of worship in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq in order to guarantee the Christians’ return. The so called “Marshall Plan” is coordinated by the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee with the support of the pontifical foundation ACN and involves all the different Christian denominations in Iraq. The Iraqi community feels comforted by Pope Francisco’s generosity. Up to now, the committee has estimated that about 44% of Christian families have returned to the Nineveh Plains.