ITALY: The Saint & the Unemployed

The friends of Florence's bustling Mayor Giorgio La Pira are not surprised when he shows up somewhere without his shoes. They know, without asking, that he has given them to the poor. He regularly gives away clothing, food, and most of his salary. A bachelor, he sleeps in an unheated monastery cell or, in very cold weather, in the office of a doctor friend. La Pira is the extraordinary Christian who tries every hour of the day to practice what he reads in the Gospels.

Son of a Sicilian packinghouse worker, Giorgio La Pira, 49, worked his way through law...

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