It was a state, cardinal Konrad Krajewski, simply could not accept: Because in a squat in Rome, 150 families without electricity and hot water had to live, has violated the alms champion of the Pope against the law and the power single-handedly re-employed. While Italian media are celebrating the 55-Year-old now as the “Robin Hood of the Pope”, has reported to the network operator Areti complaint against Unknown because of power theft.

The dilapidated building owned by the city of Rome has occupied since 2013 by activists of the Association Action, the commitment to social housing in favour of low-income persons, such as the ORF reported. According to Italian media about 450 people, including about 100 children live in the house in the centre of the city. Many of them were refugees, but also Italians who have been waiting years for a Council flat, lived there. In addition, the former office building, art workshops, a carpentry shop, a tavern, a library, an Auditorium with 180 seats for theater performances and concerts, and several alternative theatres and cultural associations harboring. Due to unpaid invoices in the amount of 300,000 Euro to the inhabitants was at 6. Of may, the electricity had been turned off.

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The Situation was indeed untenable, told sister Adriana Dominici, a lay missionary, who lives himself in the house and for the residents of the building uses Italian media. “We have more than a hundred children, and more than a third of the residents are old, some of them seriously ill.” There had been falls, and medical devices could not be used. Therefore, you have contacted Krajewski, and to help

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After an Ultimatum of the cardinal was passed to restore the supply of electricity is unsuccessful, increased the 55-Year-old late Saturday night in person at the Plenum of the house, asked the police attached to the security seals have been removed and the power turned back on. “He personally went down, because he had experience with such activities, before he was cardinal,” said Dominici the “Corriere dell Umbria”. “He remained more than two and a half hours, as then the light came, there was a shout of joy.”

“I have personally intervened and the counter is again switched on. It was an act of desperation,” said Krajewski, the news Agency Ansa. “More than 400 people were left without electricity, families and children.” He was convinced that “it was for the sake of these families need”. “I take responsibility for it. In case a punishment should come, I’ll pay you.”

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Theoretically, even more than just a monetary penalty Krajewski, after the display of the network operator Areti: The Manipulation of the security seals on electrical equipment in Italy is considered a criminal Offence. According to media reports, the law provides for prison sentences of six months to three years and a fine.

In the Italian media is celebrated Krajewski as “Robin Hood of the Pope”, the set itself against tendencies to displace the poor. In Rome there are a lot of squat houses, in which a low rent to needy pay. They are often organized by the left-oriented communities. Especially the right of the Minister of the interior Matteo Salvini, they are a thorn in the eye. Salvini called on the cardinal because of also immediately, to pay the unpaid bills in the amount of 300,000 euros.

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The occupied former office building in the city center of Rome

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The want to do Krajewski, apparently, even: He was willing to, the power to take statement for up to 500 residents of the house, he said, according to ORF, the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”. For the Motivation of his act he referred to the recent Blackout in Rome: “For a few hours, the light was missing, and it was a Drama. Now imagine what it’s like to be six days without electricity.”

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Krajewski, the Vatican supported the in-house residents for quite some time with medical help and food. Forced evictions, families without a home and people that would barely make ends meet, be in Rome a reality, said the Pole. The first question, it is not the to unpaid bills, but how could it be, that families are in such situations.

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Under Pope Francis, the century old office of the handout master to a practice-oriented turned out to be activity of work and Krajewski, the Pope has put a man on the Post, is particularly committed passion for the poor. The cardinal distributed according to the “Frankfurter Rundschau” not only donations to the homeless and makes trips with them. He was also the one who had cared for Francis in the year 2015 Laundry and a hairdressing salon for the homeless in St. Peter’s square set up. Its a service apartment have left Krajewski two years ago to a Syrian refugee family, since he was living in his office.

sources: “Corriere dell Umbria”, ORF, Frankfurter Rundschau, Katholisch.de,