Pope Francis has celebrated the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Poor by inviting 1300 migrants and homeless people to a special lunch at the Vatican.
Pope lunches with poor at the Vatican
Pope Francis has eaten lunch with hundreds of refugees, poor and homeless people, calling for a renewed commitment to helping society’s weakest and denouncing the “sirens of populism” that drown out their cries for help.
Francis celebrated the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Poor by inviting an estimated 1300 poor people into the Vatican for a special Mass and luncheon.
Children threw their arms around his neck as he sat at one of dozens of tables set up in the Vatican audience hall.
During the Mass that preceded it, Francis denounced the indifference the world shows to migrants and the poor, as well as the “prophets of doom” who fuel fear and conspiracies about migrants for personal gain.