Pope Dines With the Poor -- Photo: Adam Trojanek

Lavish Consistory Celebrations? Pope & Cardinal Krajewski Dine With 300 Poor People

Papal Almoner Invites Them to Dinner in the Vatican on Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

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On June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Patron Saints of Rome, the Pope’s Almoner and new Cardinal Konrad Krajewski invited the needy to a celebration meal at the Vatican.
The meal took place in the Refectory of the Holy See’s employees. The Pope arrived by surprise around 6:30 pm and dined with the joyful assembly.
The feast brought together some 260 people with the Papal Almoner, the new Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who welcomed Pope Francis.
At table with them were some 40 parents and Polish friends of the new cardinal.
The guests were served by volunteers who work with the Office of Papal Charities, permanent deacons and Sisters of Mother Teresa who distribute meals to people in difficulties and the homeless of Roman stations.
The Pope had tweeted this the same day: “Every kind of material or spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, comes from turning our backs on God and His love.”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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