UPDATE: Thousands raised for tornado victims in auction of items gifted to pope

All proceeds benefit storm victims in Western Kentucky

UPDATE: (1/4/21) – Thousands of dollars has been raised in an auction to benefit tornado victims in Western Kentucky.

The auction has now closed to bids for items gifted to Pope Francis when Lexington’s Father Jim Sichko visited Vatican City to celebrate Christmas Eve. According to Father Sichko, $16,698 has been raised.

The items, which passed through the hands of the pope, include a bottle of bourbon and a signed basketball from UK Wildcats head coach John Calipari.

According to Father Sichko, the same person won both items up for auction and 100% of the proceeds will help with aid and rebuilding in Western Kentucky.

UPDATE: (1/3/22) – The deadline to bid on items gifted to Pope Francis that are up for auction ends Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. So far, the two items have raised $12,750.

You can read more about the items below.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Items that were gifted to Pope Francis are now up for auction.

Father Jim Sichko visited Vatican City to celebrate Christmas Eve mass with Pope Francis.

While he was there, he gifted the pope with a bottle of old fashioned vintage bourbon from 1995, as well as a signed basketball from University of Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari. Sichko then asked for the items back, telling Pope Francis he wanted to use them in an auction to benefit those impacted by the severe storms in Western Kentucky in early December.

That auction is now open. Bid on the items HERE.

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