In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is shown a leather jacket from Harley Davidson Motor Company senior vice-president Mark Hans-Richer, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano)
The Milwaukee-based bike brand operates an assembly plant in Springettsbury Township, PA. Pope Francis is scheduled to welcome thousands of Harley-Davidson bikers to the Vatican and give them a “Blessing of the Motorbikes”.
Vatican City, 12 June (AKI) – Harley Davidson has given Pope Francis a leather jacket and two of its classic motorcycles to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary and on Sunday hundreds will be allowed to park along the road leading to St Peter’s Square while the pontiff recites the Angelus prayer. Between 1,000 and 2,000 bikers are expected to fill St Peter’s Square for the Pope’s blessing – the highlight of a four-day event in Rome to celebrate more than a century of Harley Davidson. More than half a million Harley Davidson riders and fans from around the world.

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