VATICAN CITY | Pope gives those in square a gift, jokes: ‘don’t pay for it’

16Sep - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis had a surprise for the 35,000 people in St. Peter’s Square — tiny crucifixes.

Speaking to pilgrims, tourists and Romans on Sunday, Francis quipped that that because it’s a gift, “if someone says you must pay for it, he’s being shrewd” and there’s nothing to pay. Employing a familiar Italian gesture signaling shrewdness, Francis jokingly put a finger under an eye.

Those distributing the 40,000 crucifixes included the pope’s official almsgiver, Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, as well as nuns, refugees and some of Rome’s homeless and poor.

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