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Pope Visits Homeless Shelter

posted Jun 16, 2013, 4:03 PM by Bohernabreena Parish Administrator   [ updated Jun 16, 2013, 4:19 PM ]

The garland seen above was a welcoming gift from the Missionaries of Charity, whose shelter and soup-kitchen within the Vatican walls got a visit from Pope Francis (and, perhaps, some take-home food for a pontiff suddenly deprived of a place where he can cook!).

During his stop at the "Gift of Mary" house, Pope Francis took aim yet again at a “wild capitalism which has taught the logic of profit at all cost, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the persons... and we see the results in the crisis we are living!"

By contrast, "an open hospitality is lived here, without distinctions of nationality or religion, according to the teaching of Jesus," Francis said.

"We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity."

Currently marking 25 years since Blessed John Paul II called the community founded by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to establish a home for the poor inside the Vatican, the house feeds 60 people a day in addition to providing overnight space for the homeless.