19/11/17 -Pope leads mass on the first World Day of the Poor

19/11/17 -Pope leads mass on the first World Day of the Poor

Postby Alice » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:19 pm

Sunday 19 November 2017

Pope Francis brings 4,000 homeless to Mass and then invites them to lunch

As it could not be otherwise: the poor and most needy were the protagonists of the first World Day of the Poor.

Thousands came and filled St. Peter's Basilica, with several of them leading the procession that started the ceremony...

It was also the homeless who read the readings of the day.

During his homily, Pope Francis issued a warning.

From St. Peter's Basilica and before 4,000 needy people, the pope said the sin of omission is on the rise. This is the sin of those who think to “be good” it is enough to simply not to do bad things.

POPE FRANCIS
"We often think that we haven’t done anything wrong, and so we rest content, presuming that we are good and just."

He said that those who think God is a judge who only watches if he or she has sinned is wrong, because God is a father.

POPE FRANCIS
"But to do no wrong is not enough. God is not an inspector looking for one who has not paid the ticket. He is a Father looking for children to whom He can entrust His assets and his projects. It is sad when the Father of love does not receive a generous response of love from His children, who limit themselves to respecting the rules and following the commandments, like hired servants in the house of the Father."

The pope recalled that the poorest suffer the consequences of omissions and indifference. He asked for courage to come out of a self-centered mentality, centered only on one's own well-being.

After the homily, the homeless returned as the protagonists during the Mass, and a needy family brought up the offerings.

Later, Pope Francis blessed the bread that was later used during lunch for the homeless. It is the same bread that a charity usually distributes to the poor.

At the end of the Mass, the poor who were present moved to several areas throughout the Eternal City where they were invited to eat. Among them, 1,500 had lunch in the Vatican, with the pope.



With very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency
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19/11/17 -Pope leads mass on the first World Day of the Poor

Postby Alice » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:52 pm

Sunday 19 November 2017

Pope Francis has lunch with 1,500 needy on World Day of Poor

After praying the Angelus, Pope Francis headed to the Paul VI Audience Hall, where hundreds of homeless people invited to lunch by the Vatican awaited him.

The reception was a spectacle.

There were 1,500 people in total. They couldn't believe they had been invited to the Vatican to have lunch with the pope. The excitement could be felt in the air.

Pope Francis situated himself at the central table and gave the blessing from there.

POPE FRANCIS
“Welcome everyone, let's prepare for this moment together, with each one of our hearts full of good will, of friendship. Let's share lunch and wish each other the best. Let's now pray that the Lord bless us, that He may bless this food, that He blesses those who prepared it, that He blesses all of us, our hearts, our families, our wishes, our lives and blesses us with health and strength. Amen.”

The main course was Sardinian pasta with tomato sauce, olives, cheese and beef with vegetables. However, the best part for the attendees was feeling special and being received by the pope.

“It was beautiful, a fantastic initiative. My husband is unemployed. I work in the fields. When there is work, I go, and when there isn't, I don't. We always overcome the hardships, though. I earned enough from the fields to rent a house. It was difficult, but I pray, I pray. God hasn't abandoned me.”

In the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Francis also prayed for the other 2,500 homeless people who were having lunch at other places in Rome, like this Vincentian home.

A few dozen needy came here, some of them foreigners, like this Cameroonian woman who was able to greet the pope.

“I had chills. It was an unexplainable excitement. These things need to be done to help, so people don't feel alone. I think it's a great initiative. I'm separated and live with my children thanks to the Vincentians, who have helped me with so much.”

Not all of the attendees were immigrants, though they all shared something in common: poverty.

Pope Francis wanted to present poverty to people on this day as a sign of warning. In an egocentric world and one blinded by self-interest, people are increasingly afraid of fighting against inequality and sharing with the needy.



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