As 'Lucifer' Scorches Italy, Pope Francis Gives Away 15,000 Ice Cream Treats

Lucifer is an anticyclone causing massive heatwaves in Europe.

Pope Francis has consistently preached about the importance of enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Among them is ice cream. 

Practicing what he preaches, the pontiff shared his blessings and distributed 15,000 ice cream treatst to Italy's inmates at the Regina Coeli Prison located along the Tiber River, and the Rebibbia Prison located in a suburb in Rome. 

Regina Coeli Prison

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Rebibbia Prison

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The Holy Father shared the ice cream through the pontiff's charity office amid the sweltering heat of Italian summer. Although the pontiff did not physically hand out the treats, his "pope's almoner" Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, oversaw the distribution on his behalf. 

Italy is experiencing one of the hottest summers in its history. In Sicily, temperatures rose to 49 degrees Celsius, the highest in all of Europe, according to a report by ABS-CBN News

The heat is being fueled by 'Lucifer'

According to the BBC, Italy is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave that is being caused by an anticyclone that was nicknamed "Lucifer."

"The latest heatwave in Italy is being caused by an anticyclone nicknamed Lucifer moving up from Africa," reported the BBC. 

An anticyclone is a region in the atmosphere with relatively high pressure causing the air to sink. 

"Lucifer is forecast to head north across mainland Italy, further raising temperatures in cities including the capital, Rome."

Lucifer's heat has burned swathes of land in Italy. The hardest-hit regions are Sicily, Calabria, and Puglia, where wildfires continue to burn as of this writing. 

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