Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

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Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass
Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people – homeless, migrants, unemployed – a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.

Francis begins the events Sunday with a Mass for an estimated 4,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, some 1,200 will join him for lunch in the Vatican’s audience hall, where they’ll be serenaded by the Vatican gendarmes’ band and a children’s choir. The rest will have lunch at nearby pontifical colleges.

Giuseppe Capurso, a homeless man from Bari, says he’ll be there for the event, even if he doesn’t expect much. He says: “I am like in tunnel, where I can never see the light at the end.”

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a homeless man prepares to spend the night under a covered walkway of a building close to the Vatican, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a woman begs for money on the street, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a man walks past a homeless sleeping on the steps of a building, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, Giuseppe Capurso, 64, a homeless from Bari, southern Italy, sits on his bed in a Caritas shelter prior to an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, an elderly homeless woman sits on a chair inside a Caritas charity shelter for homeless people, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a homeless man sits next to his makeshift bed under the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a homeless man prepares to spend the night under the covered entrance of a building close to the Vatican, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, homeless people prepare to spend the night under a covered walkway of a building close to the Vatican, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a woman walks past a homeless man sitting in front of a doorway of a building close to the Vatican, in Rome. On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Pope Francis will host some four thousand poor and vulnerable people in St Peter’s Basilica and after a Mass 1.500 of the guests will have lunch with the him in the Paul VI hall in what the pontiff called World Day of the Poor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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