This afternoon, the Holy Father Francis met with the President of Lamborghini and the Directors of the OMAZE Foundation, which organized the charity auction of the “Lamborghini Hurricane” car, made available by the maker and signed by Pope Francis on November 15, 2017. The winner of the competition, a citizen of the Czech Republic, was also present.
During the meeting, the Holy Father received a symbolic check for some 900,000 euros, reported the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, in statements to journalists on Friday afternoon, September 13, 2019.
The last part of the income, some 200,000 euros, will be allocated to the reconstruction of the Seminary and kindergarten in Haiti, which were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
The Holy Father quoted chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel and “stressed that the generosity of the gesture of charity, which reaches the poorest directly, corresponds to the words of the evangelical passage,” said Bruni.
The sums paid earlier were allocated to the Pope John XXIII Community (women victims of trafficking and prostitution), on the 10th anniversary of Don Oreste Benzi’s death, and the 50th anniversary (in 2018) of the Community Foundation (300,000 euros), to the “Aid to the Church in Need” Foundation for the reconstruction of the Nineveh Plains (200,000 euros), and to two Associations indicated by the car maker: Amici Centrafrica Onlus and GICSAM (160.000.00 euros).