Pope Francis today June 16, 2013, blessed some 35,000 Harley-Davidson bikers at the St Peter’s Square in Rome. The bikers, marking the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson, joined Catholic pilgrims for a Mass and a blessing by Pope Francis
The Pope delivered a pro-life sermon, offering prayers “for every human life, especially the most fragile, defenseless and threatened’, without speaking directly about abortion or contraception.
After the Mass, the Argentine Church leader spoke to disabled people in the square, including one on a motorcycle wearing Harley garb.
The bikers who flanked the Italian capital for the event, attended concerts at Ostia beach and took part in a parade.
Earlier in the week, the US maker of the iconic bikes gave the pontiff two white classic Harleys for the Vatican police force to use.