A representative of Pope Francis has gone on a shopping spree in quake-hit central Italy, buying prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling businesses and donating the bounty to soup kitchens in Rome.
The Vatican said Monsignor Konrad Krajewski’s expedition was a concrete gesture of Francis’s belief that ‘when you can’t earn a living you lose your dignity’.
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The Vatican released photos of Monsignor Krajewski, the Pope’s chief alms-giver, visiting local prosciutto makers and purchasing rounds of cheese and other typical produce. The region is known for its lentils.
Central Italy has been rocked by a series of powerful earthquakes that have driven thousands of people from their homes and devastated the local economy.
Italian farm association Coldiretti has estimated damage to the agricultural sector alone of at least 52 million euro (£44 million.)
Monsignor Krajewski visited small-scale farmers and producers …