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Fiat used by pope during Philadelphia visit up for auction

Bids being accepted through December 20

PHILADELPHIA - The second of two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in 2015 is up for auction.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said bidding on the car, a Fiat 500L, will continue through December 20, through a partnership with the online charity auction site Charitybuzz.

"When we learned that these vehicles would be given to us, we wanted to use them in a manner consistent with Pope Francis' call to love and care for the poor," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Proceeds will benefit the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal, which provides support to organizations, programs, and ministries throughout the archdiocese.

The first Fiat was auctioned in 2016. Owners of a Philadelphia car dealership offered the winning bid of $82,000. The proceeds went to the charities appeal and special education schools.

Francis got out of one of the black Fiats to bless a Berks County boy with cerebral palsy when he arrived in Philadelphia.

He's made a point of using modest cars to emphasize simplicity.

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