Wednesday was the Cool Pope's 78th birthday. What do you think he did to celebrate? Get a few strippers? Eat a pile of molly? Cry to himself silently over a bottle of Grappa about a life lived unfulfilled? No. He bought homeless Romans 400 sleeping bags.

The Cool Pope announced via the Vatican on Thursday that an archbishop would pack up a van full of sleeping bags and distribute them through Rome to provide homeless residents with some much needed winter warmth. Via AFP:

Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work, led an operation in which a minibus packed with 400 sleeping bags carrying a papal ensign toured around the Italian capital on Wednesday evening looking for people to give them to.

"This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday," the Swiss guards who helped in the distribution were quoted as telling the recipients.

At the end of his birthday audience on Wednesday, Cool Pope met with eight homeless people instead of twenty supermodels.

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