The pope presented 10,000 euros ($12,000) after the plight of employees in Bojano, a town in the province of Campobasso in south-central Italy, reached him, an Italian newspaper reported on Sept. 18
After meeting Pope Francis on Sept. 15, Father Conti wrote in Il Quotidiano del Molise that the pope asked Caritas to help the workers.
“The pope got up and went out of the small room where we were. He returned after a few minutes and behind him came his young secretary, who handed him an envelope that he placed in my hands. I immediately grasped that it was an offering, and I must therefore have seemed embarrassed, because, with great simplicity, he encouraged me, exhorting me: ‘Take it, take it.’”
After consulting with Bishop Claudio Palumbo of Trivento, Caritas has decided to set aside the money to buy educational materials for the workers’ children.
Conti wrote in the newspaper that education is a priority as it is the “only weapon of peace that the most needy possess to improve their conditions, to grow as people, to help the development of the region and therefore the good of all.”