Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, known as “the Pope’s Robin Hood,” helped feed a group of transgender sex workers who were stranded in Rome during the coronavirus pandemic and could not turn to local officials because many were undocumented.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who made headlines last year after he restored electricity to homeless people living in a deserted home in Rome by climbing down a manhole, breaking a police seal, and reconnecting circuit breakers, reportedly provided financial assistance to the group by wiring money to them directly from the Vatican’s charity.
“I don’t understand why this is getting so much attention,” he told Reuters. “This is ordinary work for the Church, it’s normal. This is how the Church is a field hospital.”
Krajewski said the group of sex workers had their passports taken away by “mafia pimps who control them,” and were out of work without a way to buy food or essentials as businesses were closed.
“Everything is closed. They don’t have any resources. They went to the pastor. They could not have gone to a politician or a parliamentarian. And the pastor came to us,” he said.
“They are really in difficulty because sometimes their passports were taken away by the mafia pimps who control them,” he said. “We follow the gospel.”
Krajewski told the news outlet he just did what Jesus would have done for someone in need.
Krajewski is one of the youngest cardinals in the world at 54 years old, and has helped establish shelters that provide homeless people near the Vatican with medical care and the opportunity to shower and groom, reports The Hill.