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.
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.
Krajewski doles out charity every day, often based on letters sent to the Vatican in search of help. He is charged with bringing direct solace to the suffering, such as sending a 200 euro ($260) check to a woman whose wallet was stolen or visiting a family whose child is dying.