Harley-Davidson presents Pope Benedict with anniversary gas tank

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI and Willie G. Davidson launched the countdown to Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary celebration in Rome in June 2013. 

As part of that countdown kickoff, Harley-Davidson officials presented the pontiff with two commemorative motorcycle gas tanks for a blessing. The tanks will be signed by Pope Benedict, Willie G. and Bill, and mounted on two motorcycles – one will return to the company’s hometown of Milwaukee, and displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum, while the other will be auctioned to support the Good Samaritan Foundation.

Harley-Davidson says its 110th Anniversary will be a year-long, global celebration of the enduring ideals that unite independents everywhere: freedom, rebellion and authenticity. The year-long celebration features 12 anniversary experiences the company will bring to existing motorcycle events in global markets through September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents.

The 110th Anniversary caps off in Milwaukee with a celebration from Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2013. It'll include fan-organized rides to the city, a party on the shores of Lake Michigan, a massive parade, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum and three headlining concerts.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.