Pope Francis allows homeless man to be buried inside Vatican for the first time in the history of the Holy See

February 27, 2015 9:41 am

Francis has taken his embrace of homeless people a step further
by allowing a homeless man to be buried inside the Vatican for the first
time in the history of the Holy See.
, who is
thought to have been Belgian, had been well known for years around St

St Peter's basilica in Vatican City. Photo / Franco Origila  St Peter’s basilica in . Photo / Franco Origila

Peter’s Square, sleeping rough and begging from passersby. The
Flemish-speaker died last month at about the age of 80 and the Pope, who
has made concern for the poor a keynote of his papacy, consented to him
being buried in the Teutonic Cemetery, in the shadow of St Peter’s
The cemetery is normally reserved for German-speaking
clergy and members of German religious foundations in Rome, and its
proximity to St Peter’s means that burial plots are highly prized.
The unusual request came from Amerigo Ciani, a monsignor, who had befriended the homeless man and told the Pope about his death.
Vatican insider said: “It is without doubt the first time that a
homeless person has been buried within the walls of the Vatican.”

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