Vatican News reported that it has become customary to invite the poor for lunch at the Vatican on this day. It was 3 years ago that the World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis to mark the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In fact, the Pope joined poor people and volunteers in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for lunch on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
The Holy Father celebrated Mass for the poor in St. Peter’s Basilica,and described the poor as “the treasure of the Church” and told believers “the poor facilitate our access to heaven”. Afterwards, the Pope addressed the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer and indicated the statistics regarding poverty and society’s painful indifference.
It was then that the lunch was served in the Paul VI Hall for about 1,500 poor people and about 50 volunteers in the nearby Paul VI Hall. The lunch composed of lasagna, chicken with mushrooms and potatoes, dessert, fruit and espresso coffee.
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