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Pope blesses Harley Davidsons

Posted on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 | Comment icon 35 comments | News tip by: Irrelevant

Image credit: CC 2.0 Andy Roberts

Pope Francis blessed thousands of the bikes and their riders at an anniversary parade on Sunday.

The event was intended to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle manufacturer and featured a cacophony of Harley engines as tens of thousands of riders and enthusiasts turned up from all over the world. With their trademark leathers the armies of bikers were an unusual spectacle in the center of Rome.

Not to miss the celebrations, Pope Francis greeted the crowds before Mass and bestowed his blessings on those taking part in the rally. The engine noise was so loud that a recitation of the "Our Father" prayer in Latin could barely be heard over the revving motors.

"Pope Francis on Sunday blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather."

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Comment icon #26 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 19 July, 2013, 23:39
Copen blanked out the part where the Pope blessed the bikers...He is focused on - Its an ...OBJECT... lol
Comment icon #27 Posted by Star of the Sea on 20 July, 2013, 20:40
Methinks he is winding me up lol! Anyhow, carry on Copen, whatever rocks your boat
Comment icon #28 Posted by Copen on 1 August, 2013, 2:29
My response to: "Here we go again Copen... read the article and then you will see he blessed the riders as well. You won't find Roman Catholics here on UM dumbing down other peoples faith and that say's a lot Copen, just something to think about. " and also: Inside the Tabernacle and the Temples in the first room were three pieces of furniture. The alter in incense was in front of the veil separating that room, The Holy Place, from the Holy of Holies. The priests were to take burning coals from the outside sacrificial alter and place in this small alter of incense. As th... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by redhen on 1 August, 2013, 2:49
In this case, the Pope's blessing takes a back seat to the best NASCAR prayer ever. It's been Songified to perfection.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Sakari on 1 August, 2013, 15:54
Did I say Gremlins or Evil Spirits were real?......And, I will say the Bible is filled with fiction. The information I gave was first hand, I rode, for many, many years....Just as I said in the reply. I posted something else bikers do besides getting their bikes blessed. Superstition more then anything. And if you could not see the humor in the legend of the bell, you have issues. The Bell is on almost every bike, take a look next time you see a group go by. It is just good luck in hopes that the bike and the people on it will never see or meet danger on the bike.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Dark_Grey on 1 August, 2013, 16:08
Not going to happen. They look out for their own at the Vatican.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Mystic Crusader on 1 August, 2013, 16:17
I don't think it has anything to do with being honorable by not snitching on one of their own, they're just trying to save face.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Taun on 1 August, 2013, 16:17
Perhaps this clip explains it all...
Comment icon #34 Posted by Star of the Sea on 1 August, 2013, 18:25
Copen, I think you need to lighten up a bit. I've hightlighted the above to show you how presumptious you are. ' they are not your prayers!! If the Pope blesses something then that's up to him. There is no point trying to preach to Catholics about how to go about their faith. Do you not see that? You may think your way is the right way,, but that does not negate the faith of others especially Catholics. Peace
Comment icon #35 Posted by Sakari on 1 August, 2013, 23:12
Funny..... A simple post about how Bikers get their bikes blessed and people get upset....It is getting them blessed so people do not DIE on them.....It is a faith / superstition thing, and if it makes the person riding feel safer, good deal. They do this for Ships also, and fisherman... " Blessing of the Fleet " I am sure every Harbor in the U.S. does this once a year. Is something wrong with this? I say no, religious or not, caring for other peoples lives is a good thing.
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