Rome, Italy, Jan 25, 2021 / 12:19 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski offered a funeral Mass Monday for a 64-year-old homeless man who died in Rome.
Roberto Mantovani died in a homeless shelter near Rome’s Termini train station after contracting pneumonia.
Cardinal George Pell concelebrated the funeral Mass Jan. 25 at the parish of St. Pius X with Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and a dozen priests, according to Vatican News.
Cardinal Krajewski, who knew Mantovani, said that he chose the reading from the Gospel of Luke in which Christ recounts the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, for the funeral Mass because "Robert always slept in front of a closed door."
"He was a cheerful, sunny person, at the lunches we had he made everyone laugh," Cardinal Krajewski said.