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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

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.”


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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