Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pope Francis disguised: Sneaked out at Night

Pope Francis disguised: Sneaked out at Night
A recent interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the "Almoner of His Holiness," confirmed the speculation that the Pope joins him on his nightly trips into Rome to give alms to the poor.

A knowledgable source in Rome told The Huffington Post that "Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has disguised at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women."

Krajewski earlier said, “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," and he merely smiled and ducked the question when reporters asked him point-blank whether the Pope accompanied him into the city.

He's not the only Pope known for sneaking out at night. There are stories of Pope John XIII sneaking out to enjoy the beauty of Rome in the evenings, and reports tell of Pope Pius XII dressing as a Franciscan during WWII to help smuggle Rome's Jewish population to safety. More recently, Pope Benedict XVI popped out unannounced to visit an art exhibit.

When Pope Francis was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, he was known to sneak out at night to break bread with the homeless, sitting with them on the street and eating with them to show that they were loved.


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