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 Davidsonâ€™s 110th birthday. Hundreds of bikers in leather boots, vests and sporting tattoos converged at the open air mass in St. Peterâ€™s Square to receive blessings from the Pontiff at a mass for Evangelium Vitae day in Vatican City.
The 25 mile long bikerâ€™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.
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.”