almoner almoner  /ˈɑl mə nər/


  • (n) an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients


  1. Carlo Cardinal Cremonesi, 77, the Pope's longtime secret almoner, whose death reduced the College of Cardinals to a longtime low of 43 members; of a heart attack; in Rome.
  2. As the convent's almoner, he gave away more than $2,000 a week in food and clothing to Lima's poor.
  3. Brother of Manhattan's Pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick, Lawyer Fosdick was onetime Under Secretary General of the League of Nations, is now chief almoner to the House of Rockefeller.


  1. Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, Vatican Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski distributes rosaries in boxes designed to resemble a packet of pills, outside St. Peter s Basilica, at the Vatican.
    on December 5, 2013     Source: Leader-Telegram

  2. A short history of Popes sneaking out of the Vatican

    The legend of Pope Francis seems to grow with each new news cycle. This week, rumors started flying following an interview in which Vatican almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski — the pope's personal ambassador to the poor and downtrodden — said of his boss that "when I say to him 'I'm going out into the city this evening', there's the constant risk that he will come with me." When asked directly ...
    on December 4, 2013     Source: The Week via Yahoo! News

  3. Vatican charity arm turns pope's words into action

    Tucked away in a corner of the Vatican City, a team of priests is hard at work turning Pope Francis's social words into action with discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to the pontiff. "We do first aid," Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, a 50-year-old Polish prelate who was appointed by Francis in August to the traditional post of "Almoner", or alms-giver, said in a rare ...
    on November 29, 2013     Source: AFP via Yahoo! News

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