Pope Francis is to raffle gifts to raise money for the poor.

Among the items being raffled are a Panama hat, a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine, watches and other objects he has received as gifts.

A poster recently went up around the Vatican announcing the raffle of 13 objects as well as more than 30 unspecified "consolation prizes".

In the past, most gifts given to popes have been quietly given away to missions and church institutions, or have gathered dust in a Vatican warehouse.

Francis, the first Latin American pope, has made concern for the poor one of the hallmarks of his papacy.

He recently ordered shower stalls to be built around the Vatican so that homeless people in the area could wash.

Tickets for the raffle cost €10 and the winners will be announced on 8 January.