Even the Vatican is celebrating the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On Sunday Pope Francis will bless thousands of bikers, and a special Mass for them was celebrated today in St. Peter's Basilica. No I'm not making this up. This is from the Vatican Information Service, a news bulletin of the Vatican press office:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDES INTO THE ETERNAL CITY
Vatican City, 14 June 2013 (VIS) – This weekend, Rome will have a unique soundtrack coming from the roaring pistons of some 35,000 Harly-Davidsons that, since yesterday, have begun to invade the capital for the 110th anniversary celebrations of the American motorcycle maker's founding.
There is also room for faith among the rumbling engines, leather jackets, and elaborate tattoos. Events began early this morning with Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, saying Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for two thousand of the participants. Also, 1,400 bikes with their riders will be blessed by Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus as the Via della Conciliazione leading up to the square becomes a parade route for the motorcyclists. St. Peter's Square will welcome all the other Harley-Davidson riders and enthusiasts—on foot—who didn't win a ticket for their bike.