Pope’s skull cap sold for R1.3m at charity auction

2014-09-25 08:40

Rome – One of Pope Francis’ trademark white skull caps was sold for about €89 000 (about R1.3 million) on eBay late yesterday, as part of a stunt by an Italian TV show to raise money for a Catholic charity in Africa.

In June, Francis donated the zucchetto to a man who stood in the crowd in St Peter’s Square.

He took it to Iene, an entertainment show broadcast by the Mediaset network of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Offered on eBay for a starting price of €1, it attracted a final bid of €89 050. Iene said the funds would go to Soleterre, a non-governmental organisation run by a missionary nun helping women give birth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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