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Papal almoner gives up flat for a Syrian refugee family

Archbishop Krajewski (Photo: Getty)

The Pope’s almoner has given up his flat just outside the Vatican for a Syrian refugee couple with a newborn baby girl.

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who learned of the family through the Sant’Egidio community, now sleeps in his office.

He told La Repubblica: “Many priests in the world behave like this. Charity and sharing are in the DNA of the Church. To each he is asked something according to his task. I have no family, I am a simple priest. To offer my apartment doesn’t cost me anything.”

The archbishop was appointed papal almoner in the first months of Francis’s papacy. The almonry is the Holy See’s charitable arm. The office runs a 40-bed homeless hostel and provides free showers to 200 people a day.

Archbishop Krajewski said that when he was appointed the Pope told him: “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.”