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Pope Francis receives a leather jacket from Harley (Credit: AP)

Pope Francis receives a leather jacket from Harley Davidson Motor Company senior vice-president Mark Hans-Richer, at the Vatican. (June 12, 2013)

Pope Francis blesses Harleys at the Vatican

Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles parked in Via della Conciliazione leading
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Harley-Davidson motorcycles parked in Via della Conciliazione leading to St. Peter's Square for a Mass during which Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders for the company's 110th anniversary. (June 16, 2013)

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts wait for the Pope's blessing before
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Harley-Davidson enthusiasts wait for the Pope's blessing before the mass for the day of "Evangelium Vitae" in Via della Conciliazione at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives
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Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives for a Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican that would include a blessing for hundreds of Harley-Davidson riders and their bikes. (June 16, 2013)

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Harley-Davidson motorcycles are parked as Pope Francis, top,
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Harley-Davidson motorcycles are parked as Pope Francis, top, arrives to celebrate mass in St. Peter's Square, which includes a blessing to commemorate the company's 110th anniversary. (June 16, 2013)

Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person
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Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders park their bikes in Via
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Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders park their bikes in Via della Conciliazione leading to the Vatican, seen at left, as they wait for Pope Francis to drive by to bless them ahead of mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are parked as Pope Francis, above
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Harley-Davidson motorcycles are parked as Pope Francis, above the crowd at top right, arrives to celebrate mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person
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Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

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Harley Davidson motorcycles riders park their bikes as
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Harley Davidson motorcycles riders park their bikes as they wait for Pope Francis to bless them as part of an event to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the company. (June 16, 2013)

Harley Davidson motorcycles parade through the center of
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Harley Davidson motorcycles parade through the center of Rome, during a four-day event that includes a major parade through the heart of the city and a blessing by Pope Francis during his Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican. (June 15, 2013)

Pope Francis receives a leather jacket from Harley
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Pope Francis receives a leather jacket from Harley Davidson Motor Company senior vice-president Mark Hans-Richer, at the Vatican. (June 12, 2013)

A Harley-Davidson motorbike is parked by St. Peter's
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A Harley-Davidson motorbike is parked by St. Peter's Square during a 110th Anniversary event in Rome. (June 14, 2013)

A biker rides his motorcycle in front of
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A biker rides his motorcycle in front of St. Peter's square during the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary event in Rome, where around 100,000 Harley-Davidson owners arrived for the event. (June 14, 2013)

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A biker poses near the Vatican during an
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A biker poses near the Vatican during an event to mark the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Rome. (June 14, 2013)

Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from London stop in front
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Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from London stop in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican as they tour Rome to celebrate the motorcycle company's 110th anniversary. (June 13, 2013)

Harley-Davidson riders parade in Via della Conciliazione leading
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Harley-Davidson riders parade in Via della Conciliazione leading to St. Peter's Square during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, at the Vatican. (June 16, 2013)

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