Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless people to dinner at the Vatican last week, where they enjoyed a lavish meal and entertainment.
The dinner was organized by Circle of Saint Peter, a papal charity as "a concrete sign of the Pope’s charity.”
L'Osservatore Romano reports that Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State spent the evening with the guests.
“I welcome you in the name of the Pope. As you know, this is your home, and he is pleased that you are here,” he told the group before dinner was served.
The meal took place near the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican. The Vatican Gendarmes Band performed for the guests as they dined. CNA reports that chefs from Naples prepared the meals and members of the Circle of St. Peter, joined by their wives and children, acted as servers for the meal.
Once the dinner was complete, each guest was given a gift pack with pastries, fresh fruit, and a rosary.
During an address in March Pope Francis decried a society that is more concerned about economic prosperity than homeless people dying of starvation and cold.
"This is happening today. If investments in banks fall, it is a tragedy and people say 'what are we going to do?' But if people die of hunger, have nothing to eat or suffer from poor health, that's nothing. This is our crisis today," the Pope said.