Rome, Italy, May 13, 2019 / 05:08 am
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski climbed down a manhole Saturday to restore the power supply to a disused, Italian state-owned property in Rome where many homeless persons have been living.
The building's power was cut by the electricity supplier May 6 because it had accumulated a debt of some 300,000 euro ($337,000).
It has been occupied since 2013 by the Action movement, and in addition to housing, it hosts several workspaces.
"I intervened personally last night to turn back on the meters. It was a desperate gesture. There were over 400 people without electricity, families with children," Krajewski, almoner of the office of papal charities, told Ansa May 12.