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Portrait of papal almoner, bringing help for Rome's homeless

February 02, 2015

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski has dramatically changed the role of papal almoner, spending hours on the streets of Rome to provide help for the homeless.

Following the instructions of Pope Francis, Archbishop Krajewski—popularly known as Don Corrado—has established a reputation for his work. Accompanied by volunteers from the Swiss Guard, he offers help on a one-to-one basis, as well as setting up programs to help the city’s poor. Having already set aside shower stalls for the homeless, he has now enlisted the help of barbers to provide free haircuts.

The archbishop says that one of the most difficult aspects of his job has been dissuading Pope Francis from coming with him on his nightly rounds.

 


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