Catholic charity to sell Pope Francis’ cars used in Poland

Alik Keplicz
In this July 31, 2016 file photo pope Francis and Krakow cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, right, are arriving in a navy blue Volkswagen Golf car to celebrate a Holy Mass there. The car, along with two other similar VW Golf care that Francis was driven in in Poland has been put on auction by a Polish Catholic Church charity to raise funds for a mobile clinic for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and for a shelter for the disabled in Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.

Francis was driven in three navy blue Volkswagen Golf cars during his July 27-31 stay in the southern city of Krakow for World Youth Day events. The cars bore the registration plates K1 POPE , K2 POPE and K3 POPE .

The Krakow branch of the Caritas charity says Tuesday that each car is worth 80,000 zlotys ($21,000) and will be sold to the highest bidders in an online auction running through Oct. 9.

Caritas says the car sales will help finance a mobile clinic for Syrians in Lebanon and a shelter for elderly and disabled people in Poland.

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