On behalf of Pope Francis, the Apostolic Almoner has invited the poor, the homeless, refugees, migrants and needy persons to Rome’s Olympic Stadium to take part, on Thursday afternoon, May 31, in the Golden Gala, the annual international track and field event.
The Apostolic Almoner coordinates various charitable events on behalf of the Holy See. The initiative was made possible thanks to the Italian Athletics Federation, which has reserved free places for “the Holy Father’s poor,” who will be accompanied by volunteers of Sant’Egidio Community, of the Auxilium Cooperative and of Vatican Athletics, the “sprinting” representative group of employees of the Holy See.
The objective is to offer an evening of celebration and friendship, through the beauty of a universal and simple sport, such as athletics, and to re-launch the values of hospitality and solidarity. Pope Francis has reminded many times that the poor are in need not only of food, clothes and a place to sleep, but also of a friendly word, a smile, and occasions of relaxation and healthy recreation.
In the “South Curve” of the Olympic Stadium, the Pope’s guests will also receive a box dinner.