VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has ramped up the Vatican’s charity work, sending his chief alms-giver and a contingent of Swiss guards onto the streets of Rome at night to do what he usually can’t do: comfort the poor and the homeless.It's heart-warming, I think, not just because kindness warms the heart but because of a perceived history that has gone before: What a sticky wicket ... a life of service that becomes so self-serving.
A few times a week, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski takes a few off-duty guards with him in his modest white Fiat to make the rounds at Rome’s train stations, where charities offer makeshift soup kitchens that feed 400-500 people a night. Often they bring the leftovers from the Vatican mess halls to share.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
pope puts some of his money where his mouth is
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