Pope Francis continues to be his own man. Today he bestowed a Papal blessing on motorcycles and motorcyclists. But not just any motorcycles, these were all Harley-Davidsons. The US bike manufacturer is celebrating its 110th anniversary and thousands of Harley owners from around the world arrived in Rome for a rally. Pope Francis blessed them in St. Peter’s Square prior to Mass; rumors of him wearing a leather alb and knee-high leather boots have been dispelled by the Vatican.
Meanwhile most owners of the ubiquitous Italian Vespa scooter are insisting they’re not put-out by the Pope’s blessing of the large Harley bikes; however one who did show up at the blessing abandoned his scooter and was last seen running from the square muttering something about the good old days of Italian Popes!