The Pope and the hog…

I have heard that Pope Francis is down-to-earth, but I did not know that he owned a motorcycle.  And not just any motorcycle – a hog – a Dyna Super Glide Harley-Davidson.  That is one heavenly ride, just not the ride one would expect for Pope Francis.  A papal motorcycle – can you imagine?  I can’t help but smile at the thought of the attention Pope Francis would garner as he cruised Vatican City.  It sounds like a Saturday Night Live sketch.

If you find the idea of Pope Francis riding a hog hard to swallow, never fear – he donated his ride to a Catholic charity.  The motorcycle was given to him back in June by Harley-Davidson to commemorate the company’s 110th anniversary.  The Pope signed the motorcycle which made it a one of a kind item.  It was auctioned off at almost 20 times its value ($328,300). The money generated will help pay for renovations to a local hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station.

Now that sounds like the Pope Francis we know – the good soul who is concerned with the needs of the poor.  Not that a Pope on a hog would have been a bad thing.  The paparazzi could have snapped photos of him when he was out on his Sunday ride.  I can see the headline now – Vatican City’s favorite holy roller!  Yes,I know that was such a corny line that I need to say ten Hail Marys for penance.  Still, I bet God giggled a bit at the thought of that as well. 😉

Day one thousand three hundred and eleven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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