APPARENTLY so. Several news agencies are reporting that Pope Francis is sneaking out of the Vatican at night to personally give money and food to the homeless citizens of Rome.
It reminds me of the book Shoes Of The Fisherman by the Australian novelist Morris West. In that fictional account, Pope Kiril, with the help of his personal aide, sneaks out of the Vatican and explores the city of Rome dressed as a priest.
Pope Francis used to sneak out at night to meet the poor as archbishop of Buenos Aires, before he was elected pope.
An anonymous source in the church told the Huffington Post that “Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women.”
Pope Francis is far from the only pope known to sneak out of the Vatican at night. As uCatholic notes, Pope John XXIII was known to sneak away from the Holy See and take in the beauty of Rome, while Pope Pius XII disguised himself as a Franciscan during World War II and helped Rome’s Jewish residents flee the city.