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Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

Biker culture roars into Vatican City

Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

(Picture: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

Associated Press/Washington Post On Faith
Vatican City

June 17, 2013

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Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the Latin recitation of the “Our Father” prayer that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. Standing in his open-top jeep, Francis drove up the main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square, blessing the thousands of people in what was a giant Harley parking lot.

Once the service got under way, bikers in their trademark leather Harley vests sat in the square alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful Catholics taking part in an unrelated, two-day pro-life rally.

Francis addressed them both afterward, giving a blessing to the “numerous participants” of the Harley gathering.

Tens of thousands of Harley owners from around the world descended on Rome for the four-day anniversary of the American manufacturer. 

Full Story: Biker culture comes to Vatican as Pope Francis blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons 

Source: Washington Post On Faith

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