Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Perks of Being Pope....

From Ferrari on Monday...

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received a special gift from Ferrari on Monday - a steering wheel from one of Michael Schumacher’s title-winning F2004 cars, bearing the dedication: "The Formula 1 World Champion's steering wheel to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Christianity's driver."

A delegation from Ferrari, including President Luca di Montezemolo and Vice President Piero Ferrari were attending a special audience with the Pope to present him with a cheque for 950,000 Euro, raised from the sale of the company’s 400th Enzo road car, built especially to be auctioned for charity.

The proceeds of the car were promised by Ferrari for humanitarian purposes to the late Pope John Paul II in a previous papal audience attended by Schumacher and then team mate Rubens Barrichello back in January.

How cool is that? I mean, even though it'll probably end up being auctioned off for charity, or something...it's still pretty cool. I wonder if G.W. wants one, too, but I guess it's only natural that the Pope gets "better" gifts, while the President gets stuff like a "fifty-pound halibut" (if you can guess the reference, you must have been a poli sci major in college!).

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