VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis this summer is treating dozens of Rome’s homeless to a day at the beach and dinner in a pizzeria on the way back.
The pontiff’s almsgiver, Polish monsignor Konrad Krajewski, told the La Stampa daily he drives a van with 10 people to a beach near Rome for a dip in the sea, sunbathing and then pizza. The Vatican supplies the swimsuits and beach towels.
Krajewski told Italian state radio Sunday that the afternoon outings reflect the homeless’ “desire for normality” in their lives.
Many of them live near Vatican City, where, at Francis’ direction, showers and barbers have been set up on the edge of St. Peter’s Square for their use.
Aided by Swiss Guards, the almsgiver also distributes hot meals to homeless people at Italian train stations.