The Pope Sneaking Out at Night

Another heart-warming story about Pope Francis. It appears the Pope might be sneaking out at night in disguise:
Eight months into his tenure as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has become known for focusing on the poor and needy, but he may be helping the homeless in a more direct way than anyone imagined.

In an interview with uCatholic, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who serves as “Almoner of His Holiness,” implied that Pope Francis may be sneaking out of the Vatican at night to personally give money and food to the homeless citizens of Rome. As part of his job, Krajewski hands out money to the poor, and he hinted that Pope Francis may have joined him on more than one such relief effort.

“When I say to him, ‘I’m going out into the city this evening,’ there’s the constant risk that he will come with me,” Krajewski said.

When asked to clarify, Krajewski refused, and when asked point blank if Pope Francis had ever accompanied him on these late-night missions, Krajewski simply smiled and responded “next question.”

Though Krajewski sneakily declined to comment on whether or not Pope Francis personally gives money to the poor, he did comment that Francis used to do exactly that as archbishop of Buenos Aires, before he was elected pope.

“That’s what he’s like -- at the beginning (of his papacy) he didn’t think of the awkwardness that he might create,” Krajewski said. “As archbishop of Buenos Aires, when he was known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future pontiff would go out at night ... to find people, talk with them, or buy them something to eat. He would sit with them and eat with them on the street. This is what he wants from me.”

Krajewski’s statements were surprising, but they remained unconfirmed until Tuesday, when an anonymous source in the church told the Huffington Post that “Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women.”

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4 thoughts on “The Pope Sneaking Out at Night”

  1. Continually inspired by your observations and solid embracing of the heart of the gospel, and inspired by Papa Pancho (Pope --> Papa; Francisco -> Pancho, i.e. Papa Pancho in Mexico). Please blog forever. ;)

  2. You can bet your boots that he does NOT ask them if they are really poor, or just lazy. And you can be sure that he does not expect the poor to act like the poor in Bible movies, which the American Evangelical holds as a requirement to be authentically poor.

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