As the Pope blesses Harleys with his new white Popecycle, bikers were busy celebrating in Vatican city.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Pope Francis is a different type of pope. Not only is this Pope blessing Harleys, he’s giving Vatican bonuses to the poor, condemning Catholic church hypocrisy, and criticizing the world for wasting food.
So perhaps it’s not so surprising that Pope Francis would celebrate with thousands of bikers the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. And at the Vatican, no less.
Harley-Davidson gave Pope Francis two white classic Harleys now forever enshrined as the Popecycles. No word on whether this included a matching all-white set of Harley leathers, but the pope was given a leather jacket.
Bikers and their trademark Harleys thundered their greeting to Pope Francis, who entered St. Peter’s Square in an open-topped jeep. Experts estimate that over half a million Harley owners were in Rome for this four day celebration.
Alongside the Harleys stood nuns and tens of thousands of Christians who came to take part in a pro-life rally. They came there to celebrate the Catholic church’s teachings against abortion, euthanasia and murder.
Despite the mixed crowd, Pope Francis offered the standard mass and included all in his message. After mass, the pope blessed the Harleys and the bikers and spoke a homily about celebrating life. I’m sure that was met with thunderous engine revving.
But Pope Francis also cautioned that “power and pleasure” lead to God being “replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.” So, while many of the bikers were apparently Catholic, Pope Francis apparently felt it was necessary to remind everyone to not make anything earthly, including your hog, more important than God. Afterward, Pope Francis spent time talking to bikers in the square, blessing Harleys along the way.
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