Pope Francis’ Apple iPad fetches $30,500 at auction

“An Apple iPad which belonged to Pope Francis fetched $30,500 at auction on Tuesday, with proceeds going to a school for the poor in Uruguay, the local auction house selling the item said,” Malena Castaldi reports for Reuters.

“It is not the first time Pope Francis, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering inequality, has donated a personal belonging,” Castaldi reports. “Last year, a Harley-Davidson motorbike he had received as a gift fetched 241,500 euros ($257,681).”


Pope Francis' former Apple iPad
Pope Francis’ former Apple iPad
“‘May you do something good with it,’ Uruguayan priest Gonzalo Aemilius recalled being told by the Argentina-born pope when he handed over the iPad,” Castaldi reports. “The device carries the inscription ‘His Holiness Francisco. Servizio Internet Vatican, March 2013,’ and has a certificate signed by the Pope’s personal secretary, Fabian Pedacchio Leaniz.”

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  1. A great way for the Vatican to generate cash. Everything the pope touches multiplies in value. Used items usually decrease in value. I’m honestly glad that money is being used to help the needy and not going into buying some golden goblets or overpriced papal slippers.

      1. Along with a lot of bad, the Catholic Church has done some tremendous good with all that cash.

        Why anyone needs a middle man between them and Jesus I’ll never know, nor why anyone would pray to Peter, Paul, Mary etc when ya know, Jesus is right there, I’ll again never know, but by large, it’s more good then bad and more power to them.

  2. Fair play, what with the money going to a good cause and all, but just imagine what they could raise if they sold off a fraction of that Renaissance art they have standing around gathering dust.

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