Pope Francis gives £170 to mugged pensioner

Emma Woollacott

Pope Francis has sent €200 to an elderly Venetian woman after she told him she had been mugged on a bus.

The woman wrote to him saying she'd been robbed of her purse, which contained €54, as she travelled to visit her sick husband in hospital. According to Il Mondo, the Pope responded by sending a cheque to her local parish priest, Don Gianni Antoniazzi, asking him to pass the money on.