Poor and homeless people of Rome celebrated on Thursday, December 17, together with Pope Francis his 79th birthday. And the Pontiff gave them the biggest of them received a gift of cakes, made by Italian confectioners. This is stated in the message “Radio of Vatican”, which leads “Siberian Catholic newspaper”.
The pieces of cake with hot tea distributed under the arches of the Bernini colonnade, at the entrance to the bathhouse for homeless people, opened at the request of Pope Francis. Then the rest of the cake, along with other sweet gifts and festive food packages were distributed to soup kitchens and shelters for the homeless of the Eternal City. Delivered Great gifts Eleemosynary His Holiness (Papal official distributor of alms) Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who was assisted by volunteers.
“The Holy Father has asked us to distribute received as birthday gifts to those most in need. He thereby expanded the birthday table and invited him to the many afflicted and needy” – quoted by “Blagovest-info” statement by Archbishop of an interview with “Vatican Radio”.
Last year Pope Francis gave to the homeless on his birthday warm sleeping bags.
To congratulate the Pope on his birthday and the upcoming celebration of the Nativity of Christ on December 17, arrived in the Vatican around 60 boys and girls from the movement “Catholic action”. The Pontiff thanked them for their kind words, sent to his address, and for providing the cake.
Happy birthday Pope Francis congratulated the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. However, on a year earlier – the head of the country were quick to congratulate Francis on his 80th anniversary, he will celebrate it until next year. Soon the error was corrected, but still remained in many media. What was the reaction of Pope Francis on a curious error, it is not yet known, but knowing his character, we can assume that with humor, reports the website of Catholics Gomel.
At the same time there is no information about greetings birthday were received from the presidents of Belarus and Russia.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio (this is the secular name of the Pope) was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936 in the family of Italian immigrants, railway worker Giuseppe Mario Bergoglio and his wife Regina Mary Sivori. He was the youngest of five children. He received the diploma of chemical engineer.