Beyond heading up large organizations and being the most recognizable faces in their respective cities, Pope Francis and Bruce Wayne have one other thing in common: They both don costumes and take to the streets at night in order to help dispense justice. But while Batman is charged with keeping the streets of Gotham City safe from criminals, “Super-Pope” Francis is providing comfort and support to the homeless in and around Rome.
The Huffington Post reported yesterday that sources confirmed to them what the Pope's Almoner-in-Chief Konrad Krajewski seemed to be hinting at in an interview last month: "Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women."
The Almoner-in-Chief is tasked with distributing alms from the church to the poor and last month Krajewski said in an interview that, “When I say to him ‘I’m going out into the city this evening,' there’s the constant risk that he will come with me.” When asked straight up if the Pope ever accompanied him on his trips into the city, the Archbishop answered “Next question, please” with a smile.
Before the Pope, like Batman before him, underwent his transformation from a regular person into a powerful symbol that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals/ sinners everywhere, the man formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio would take to the streets of Buenos Aires and personally offer food and comfort to the indigent. It’s a practice that he’s now encouraging Krajewski to follow.
“He would sit with them and eat with them on the street,” Krajewski said. “This is what he wants from me.”
There's no word yet if Francis has ordered any modifications to the Popemobile to help with his surreptitious excursions.