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Pope Gives Ice Cream to Thousands of the Poor

Papal Almoner Visits the “Better World” Reception Center on International Day of Charity

To remember the International Day of Charity, September 5, 2018, Pope Francis has offered ice cream to thousands of the poor.

According to a press release, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Pope’s Almoner, went on Wednesday to the “Better World” Center at Rocca di Papa, on the outskirts of Rome, to greet the migrants who landed from the Diciotti boat and will soon leave the “Better World” Reception Center to be received in different Italian dioceses.

The Polish Cardinal brought Pope Francis’ greetings and blessing and gave those present an image of the Holy Father and lunched with some 340 guests of the center, including migrants, employees and director of Italian Caritas, Monsignor Francesco Antonio Soddu.

The meal ended with a cake.

Afterward, the papal almoner then met with some forty volunteers who worked these last weeks to organize the departure of these young people.

Gifts were given to Cardinal Krajewski for the Pope; two Syrian children gave the Cardinal a portrait of His Holiness made by them and a Muslim woman gave him a crocheted representation of the Virgin Mary. Ice cream for 20,000 was distributed in reception houses and canteens for the poor, offered by a company that wished to share with the neediest. In addition, ice cream for 1,300 was also donated to the “Better World” Center.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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