Pope Gives Sleeping Bags to Homeless for His Birthday

Pontiff handed out 400 sleeping bags to Rome's destitute to celebrate his 78th
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2014 1:49 PM CST
Updated Dec 19, 2014 2:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Pope Francis spent his birthday last year by going to church with four homeless locals. This year he upped the ante, celebrating his 78th birthday on Wednesday by donating 400 sleeping bags—complete with an imprinted papal coat of arms—to homeless people around Rome, ABC News reports. Volunteers and Swiss Guard members handed out the birthday gifts in local railroad stations and near a cemetery where the homeless are known to congregate, telling recipients, "This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday," per ANSA. Next up on the pope's to-do list: completing three public showers right off St. Peter's Square. (Read more Pope Francis stories.)

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