Pope Francis treats homeless people in Rome to beach trip and pizza

The Pope's almoner drives a group of 10 to the beach and stops at a pizzeria on the way back

Olivia Blair@livblair
Sunday 14 August 2016 17:15
Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Homeless people in Rome have been receiving trips to the beach and pizza on the way back, thanks to the Pope.

Pope Francis’ almoner, Konrad Krajewski who looks after the Pontiff’s charity money, said this summer he has been driving about 10 people to a beach near the Italian capital and stopping in to a local pizzeria on the way back, all funded by the Vatican.

The guests, who mainly live around the Vatican, are also given swimsuits and towels for their trip and the pizza is offered up by Pope Francis.

“We certainly are not saving the world with some of these initiatives, we are not solving the problems of the homeless in Rome, but at least we are restoring to them a little dignity,” Archbishop Krajewsj told the Vatican Insider.

The Pontiff has also installed showers, a barber service and medical services near St Peter’s Square where many of the homeless people in the area live. The almoner and Swiss Guards also hand out meals to homeless people at train stations.

In 2014, the Pope handed out 400 sleeping bags bearing the Vatican’s coat of arms to the homeless in Rome.

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