H/T: Yahoo News (here)
‘Pope of the Poor’ Secretly Living up to His Nickname
Pope Francis is one of the most progressive leaders in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, with his positive remarks and statements on women, gay people, and atheists. (He’s also slaying on Twitter with his uplifting daily affirmations.)
He’s done a lot of good since his papacy began in March 2013, but the Pope knows that he can still make a difference even without his long white robe.
It’s been revealed that Pope Francis, who is justly earning his nickname “Pope of the Poor,” has been sneaking out of the Vatican at night in disguise to help those in need. “Swiss Guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women,” a source told The Huffington Post.
Archbishop Konrad Krajewski previously hinted at the Pope’s nocturnal adventures in an interview in which he 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,” following his statement with a coy smile. Helping people while incognito? It’s the first Pope superhero!
These nightly expeditions are nothing knew for the Pope, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he was a Cardinal, he would regularly sneak out to buy food for the homeless, and even eat and speak with them on the street.
Says Krajewski,”The Holy Father told me at the beginning: ‘You can sell your desk. You don’t need it. You need to get out of the Vatican. Don’t wait for people to come ringing. You need to go out and look for the poor.”
He gives alms to the needy, but back in the day, the Pope was making it harder for rich people to party – the Catholic leader recently recalled his time working as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub when he was a student.