Pope Francis, the A/C and a Cup of Coffee

By John O'Callaghan '96Ph.D.

The pope turns off his air conditioner at night. I know, because for some years now I have had the honor of staying in the Domus Sanctae Marthae inside Vatican City while attending a meeting in June. Every evening around 10, without fail, the air conditioners turn off until 5 a.m. Equally without fail, I awaken every morning at 3 in an agony of Roman heat.

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