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Pope asks homeless men to join him for birthday celebration

Catholic World News - December 17, 2013

Pope Francis invited 4 homeless men to join him as he celebrated his 77th birthday on December 17.

The Pope celebrated morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae for the staff of that residence, saying that he wanted a family-style celebration for his birthday. He received more formal greetings from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals; and Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State. When the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, arrived along with 4 homeless men from the area near the Vatican, the Pope asked them to share his birthday breakfast, which he ate in the dining hall of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Among the birthday greetings that he received during the day, the Pope was expected to draw special pleasure from a visit by representatives of the San Lorenzo football club, of which he is a longstanding member. The Argentine club is celebrating a league championship.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Dec. 18, 2013 4:36 PM ET USA

    Luk 14:13-14 “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just….” Ave!

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