Pope Blesses Harleys

    In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 16, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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    Pope Francis just beat out practically all of his predecessors in the cool scale (some of those early popes were pretty badass though). The pontiff on Sunday blessed thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their owners during a parade to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the company. Bikers decked out in their trademark leather Harley vests crowded into St. Peter’s Square, with their engines nearly drowning out the “Our Father” prayer said in their honor. There are tens of thousands of Catholics in the Vatican for a two-day pro-life rally, which was the centerpiece of Francis’s mass on Sunday.

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