Pope Francis joins Harley-Davidson 110th birthday celebration

The biking culture came to the Vatican a fortnight ago for blessing. Pope Francis blessed a congregation of bikers on the occasion of the Harley Davidson’s 110th birthday. Hundreds of bikers in leather boots, vests and sporting tattoos converged at the open air mass in St. Peter’s Square to receive blessings from the Pontiff at a mass for Evangelium Vitae day in Vatican City.

Pope Francis blesses Harley-Davidson motorcycles and riders in Vatican City (1)The 25 mile long biker’s parade from Ostia through central Rome on Saturday created a great deal of ruckus resulting in residents complaining about the boom of the Harleys as they wound their way through the streets. The rugged bikers shared space with a some nuns and thousands of other faithful Catholics as they attended Sunday mass while the Pope addressed the bikers separately and blessing the participants and also a sick Harley Davidson fan in their midst.

Pope Francis blesses Harley-Davidson motorcycles and riders in Vatican City (2)

The bikers also offered the Pope two white classic Harleys and leather jacket for use by the Vatican police force. Mark-Hans Richer, Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company said, “Our promise to our customers is to offer them once-in-a-lifetime experiences that few other brands can fulfill,” said “Having our customers treated to the blessing today fulfills that promise of epic adventures.”

Pope Francis blesses Harley-Davidson motorcycles and riders in Vatican City (3)