Is Pope Francis sneaking out at night?

Pope Francis in black

He has personally sent money to old women struggling on a pension and to immigrants. He has personally called people who have written him letters. Is Pope Francis now secretly sneaking out of the Vatican at night to give money to the poor?

The speculation that he may be doing so arises from an interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, “Almoner of His Holiness” – a little-known post that dates back to the 13th century that involves distributing money from the Holy See to the poor and marginalized.

“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,” said the Polish prelate.

When asked directly if Pope Francis ever joined him on these evening trips into the city, Archbishop Krajewski only smiled and said “Next question, please.” Some take that as an implicit suggestion that the Holy Father indeed is going incognito into the streets to give alms as he did while Buenos Aires.

“That’s what he’s like – at the beginning (of his papacy) he didn’t think of the awkwardness that he might create. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, when he was known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future pontiff “would go out at night . . . to find people, talk with them, or buy them something to eat. He would sit with them and eat with them on the street. This is what he wants from me,” Krajewski said.

Rumors of past Popes sneaking out of the Vatican are plentiful, including the stories that Pope John XIII would sneak out to walk and enjoy the beauty of Rome at night or that Pope Pius XII would dress as a Franciscan during WWII to assist with efforts to smuggle Rome’s Jewish population to safety.



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2 responses to “Is Pope Francis sneaking out at night?

  1. Yes, and it seems that the stories are true.
    This gives full context to his latest controversial statements that have been taken out of context.

    Pope Francis is behaving exactly as Jesus behaved when he went among the poor and the sinners. He is a shining example to how all Catholics should behave to those who are truly disadvantaged.

    I can imagine that at times there were people who tried to rip Jesus off. The same is true in our society today. What is important is that we give where we can see that there is a need… and that does not mean giving to charitable organizations that have become a business entity especially the Red Cross.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      ITA. My mom taught me to pay close attention to how a charity manages its money. She gave generously but only to a very short list of groups she trusted. And when that trust was broken, she cut them off.

      She also donated her time to volunteering at organizations and she and my father both helped individuals in our community in substantial ways.

      She managed the money, which was probably a very good thing. Pop was a very trusting, good-natured guy, so a “too-soft” touch for cons.