In an effort to help support the economy of the central Italian region devastated by several earthquakes in 2016, the Vatican has purchased food from local farmers and producers to feed the homeless.
Pope Francis instructed his almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, to purchase large quantities of food from central Italy, known for its delectable selection of meats, cheeses and wine.
Working with bishops from the devastated areas, Archbishop Krajewski purchased products from ‘several groups of farmers and producers whose businesses were at risk of closing due to the damage caused by the earthquake,’ the Vatican said in a statement released on 23rd February.
‘The papal almoner proceeded to purchase a large quantity of their products with the intention, expressed by the Holy Father, of helping them and encouraging them to continue their activities,’ the Vatican said.
All of the products purchased by the papal almoner’s office will be distributed to soup kitchens in Rome that prepare meals for the city’s needy and homeless people.
Picture: A handout photo released by the Vatican press office shows Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, an unidentified merchant, and Archbishop Francesco Giovanni Brugnaro of Camerino-San Severino Marche, Italy, in an area of central Italy affected by earthquakes. In an effort to support the economy of Italian regions devastated by several recent earthquakes, the Vatican has purchased food from local farmers and producers to feed the homeless. (CNS photo/Vatican Press Office).