Friday, December 19, 2014

Pope Gives 400 Sleeping Bags to Rome Homeless; Ascertains Francis' Enduring Concern for the Poor

Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday on December 17 by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (December 19, 2014).

Konrad Krajewski -- the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work -- led an operation in which a minibus packed with 400 sleeping bags carrying a papal ensign toured around the Italian capital last night looking for people who could use them.

"This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday," the Swiss guards who helped in the distribution were quoted as telling the recipients.

Pope Francis -- leader of the world's Catholics -- has made concern for the poor one of the most important themes of his papacy.

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