Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican
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Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, according to the July 3 edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

“I welcome you in the name of the Pope. As you know, this is your home, and he is pleased that you are here,” he told the group of homeless persons before dinner was served.

The dinner took place near the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican. “Our Lady who stands before us looks upon us with serenity,” the cardinal said.

“It that same gaze that I wish upon each one of you and upon those who care for you with so much love.”

The dinner was organized by the Circle of Saint Peter, a papal charity. The evening was only one of a number of such events it holds throughout the year at its shelter in Rome “as a concrete sign of the Pope’s charity.”

After his welcoming address, Cardinal Bertello invited the guests to pray and said that their response “was a great success.”

The group was brought to the Vatican by bus and was received by 122 members of the Circle of St. Peter, led by its president, Leopoldo Torlonia.

The homeless were among the many that come to the organization’s shelter each day for meals, a place to sleep, and clean clothing.

The menu for the dinner was prepared by chefs from Naples, and members of the Circle acted as waiters, along with their wives and children.

The Vatican Gendarmes Band performed for the guests, providing them with entertainment as they dined.

At the end of the evening, Torlonia thanked the guests for “accepting the invitation from Pope Francis.”

Each was given a gift pack with pastries, fresh fruit, and a rosary.

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This is exactly right. Servant of the servants of God.

We can have both power as Christ's Church yet humility and charity. In fact, we must.
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(07-10-2013, 11:29 AM)Scriptorium Wrote: Each was given a gift pack with pastries, fresh fruit, and a rosary.

Sweet!
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I think this is wonderful.

Doesn't it make you want to do more for the poor and the lost?
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Excellent! I really like this aspect of the Holy Father.

(07-10-2013, 11:46 AM)Tenmaru Wrote: This is exactly right. Servant of the servants of God.

We can have both power as Christ's Church yet humility and charity. In fact, we must.

I agree wholeheartedly but IIRC the title 'Servant of the servants of God' isn't about his lowly status it's about him being the No. 1 on earth. Kinda like saying the 'drunkest of drunks' or 'swimmer of all swimmers' or 'bluest of the blue' or 'best of the best'.
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The title points to the primacy as Our Lord commanded it be excercised.  It means it's his his job to serve the whole Church.

Mark 10:[42] But Jesus calling them, saith to them: You know that they who seem to rule over the Gentiles, lord it over them: and their princes have power over them. [43] But it is not so among you: but whosoever will be greater, shall be your minister. [44] And whosoever will be first among you, shall be the servant of all. [45] For the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.

See also Luke 12:41-46 where Our Lord instructs St. Peter about what happens when the one He appoints to serve His servants does not do so.

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I wonder if they pre-screened these homeless people. Like, do you think they invited a bunch of schizophrenics who hear voices into the Vatican?
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(07-10-2013, 04:26 PM)MorganHiver Wrote: I wonder if they pre-screened these homeless people. Like, do you think they invited a bunch of schizophrenics who hear voices into the Vatican?
  Hey, that's mean >sad
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Doesn't every Pope do this every year?
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Excellent! Good man, Holy Father!  Way to go!
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