Pope blesses bikers in St Peter's Square

Last updated 09:41 17/06/2013
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BLESS THEM: Harley-Davidson bikers walk flocked to Saint Peter's Square to attend a mass to be led by Pope Francis in Rome.

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Biker culture has come to the Vatican.

Pope Francis has blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders in Rome as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the recitation of the Our Father prayer in Latin that accompanied Francis as he  greeted the crowd before mass.

In St Peter’s Square, bikers in their trademark leather Harley  vests sat alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful  Catholics taking part in an unrelated, two-day pro-life rally, the  centrepiece of which was Francis' mass.

Francis addressed them both after mass, giving a blessing to the "‘numerous participants" of the Harley rally.

Tens of thousands of Harley owners from around the world descended on Rome for the anniversary.

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