Pope Francis sent 15,000 ice creams to prisoners to help them cool down during what has been one of the hottest summers on record in Italy. The ice creams were delivered to Rome's two prisons – Regina Coeli in the center of the city and Rebibba on the outskirts – by the Vatican's almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. In a statement, the Vatican said the pope's charities office "did not go on holiday" this summer. Instead, Vatican volunteers spent time devoting themselves to two of the seven works of mercy: visiting prisoners and consoling the afflicted. The Vatican's charity office also took small groups of homeless people "to the sea or the lake for an afternoon of relaxation and dinner in a pizzeria."

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