You may be seeing in days ahead some reports that Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican to help the poor.
I saw this at AffariItaliani (my translation):
Papa Bergoglio? La notte esce di nascosto per aiutare i poveri
Pope Bergoglio? Goes out at night secretly to help the poor
“When I tell the Pope that tonight I am going out into the city, there is always a risk that he’ll go with me.” The papal almoner Krajewski – the “Pope’s emergency room” – [The office/official who distributes benefits, material and spiritual, thus, donations of money and also papal blessings] who in general distributes from 200 to 1000 euro to people who are in need – explains the spirit of his role like this: “The Holy Father says to me: ‘Your account is good when it is empty.” Then, each I see him he asks: ‘Do you need money?'” Last year the Almoner donated a million euro: the proceeds of papal blessings. [Not quite right: they don’t sell the blessing. That would be wrong. But they do charge for the parchment, the services of those who do the calligraphy, the postage, etc. etc.]
And if someone asks if the Pope really goes with him during his nighttime sorties the Almoner clams up: “Let’s go to the next question.” He isn’t a chatty guy. He likes facts, and that why he gets along well with Bergoglio. […]
There’s more but that is the important part.
This is typical of Italian journalism. Take one little hint and, without any other source to back it up, insinuate something that people will slaver over.
NB: Archbp. Krajewski didn’t say one way or another that that is what the Pope does. But the writer or editor ran with it and posted this under a sensational headline.
What usually happens next is that some English language outlet will grab the headline and start reporting that the Pope goes out to help the poor every night. As a matter of fact – isn’t he the wonderfullest Pope ehvur? – he wears disguises and drives in his old Renault 4! Then the comparisons to The Shoes of the Fisherman start up. And then the headline is, “POPE TO SELL ST PETERS CATHEDRAL”… which is absurd, of course, because it isn’t a cathedral…. aside from the fact that it is ABSURD.
And the ironic part is that, even as the press eats this up, even if it were true, by reporting it they would make it impossible for the Pope to continue to do it!
So, if you see stories that the Pope is sneaking around, take them with two grains of salt.