Pope Francis was presented with a bicycle donning the papal white and yellow colors by three-time world champion Peter Sagan last Wednesday following the weekly audience.
Peter Sagan is a professional road bicycle racer who recently won three consecutive world championship titles. He was visiting Rome and went to see Pope Francis’ at his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square. After the weekly address, Sagan met with Pope Francis and gave him an autographed rainbow world champion jersey with His Holiness’ name on it, “Francesco.” He also presented the pontiff with a signed bicycle, bearing the papal colors of gold and yellow with the papal coat of arms.
Pope Francis is an outspoken fan of bicycles, calling them a humbler form of transportation that he recommends for priests and sisters who are interested in purchasing a brand new vehicle.
“I think that bicycles are necessary because there’s a lot of work to do and you have to move around but get a humbler one! And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger, just think of that!”
He tells them instead to live out their vocation as an example to others, and be reminded that true happiness comes not from material goods but from our loving relationships with others.
“I’m telling you, truly, it hurts me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car. But you can’t (do that), you can’t! True joy doesn’t come from things. No, it is born of an encounter, of the relationship with the other, of feeling ourselves accepted, understood, loved and of accepting, understanding and loving others.”
In his second encyclical entitled Laudato si’, Pope Francis calls for all of the Faithful to support transportation methods that are environmentally responsible. You can answer the call and help fulfill the mission of Pope Francis to spread humbler and more environmentally responsible modes of transportation through a charitable donation with MISSIO!
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