Pope donates scooters to homebound elderly couple in Rome

Pope donates scooters to homebound elderly couple in Rome

Pope Francis meets with cardinals at the end of a Jubilee mass for priests in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Francis has donated a pair of scooters to an elderly couple who lost their mobility due to diabetes and hypertension. An aid worker says, "The pope never stops amazing us."

VATICAN CITY — The pope has donated a pair of scooters to an elderly couple in Rome who lost their mobility due to the consequences of diabetes and hypertension.

Vatican Radio says the scooters were delivered on Saturday by Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the pope’s chief alms-giver.

It says the couple has been housebound due to their ailments, and the woman recently had a leg amputated. The non-profit association Medicina Solidale, which helps disadvantaged people get access to medical care, was raising money to help the couple, but the pope beat them to the punch.

Lucia Ercoli of Medicina Solidale says that “the pope never stops amazing us,” adding that “we feel less alone in our daily work.”

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