Wow Children Aided by Vatican Dispensary Surprise Pope Francis with a Birthday Cake and Balloons! VIDEO
Pope Francis by a group of children and their parents who are assisted by the Vatican’s Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary.
Pope Francis told them it is important “to listen to the needs of people”, asking the kids to repeat this invitation in chorus.
The Pope explained that loving each other is summarized in the Gospel. He said that “If we don't look people in the eye, we will never understand their needs.” "A person who doesn't listen to others only listens to oneself,” the Pope continued. He noted that it is boring to be so self-centered: “Better to listen to others," he continued inviting the children to repeat this out loud.
The Pope spent time answering a couple of questions and inviting the children present to always take notice of those who are in need. "We are here today, friends who want to help each other. Have courage, go ahead and have a good party," he concluded.
The Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary began on May 8, 1922, by Pope Pius XI, who entrusted it to the sisters of the Daughters of Charity of San Vincenzo de Paul to take charge of feeding the poor children and the children of the war. In July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI made it a foundation, with its own statutes. Currently, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner or almsgiver who heads the Office of Papal Charities, is the foundation’s president. Today, the doctors of Rome’s Bambino Gesù Hospital, the Saints Peter and Paul Association, private and other hospitals of the city charity together with lay volunteers offer free service to the Dispensary. Edited from Vatican News