The Pope has urged this Sunday to listen to “the cry of the poor” that are silenced “by the roar of a few rich people, who are less and less but more and more rich”. For the second consecutive year, the Pontiff celebrated the World Day of the Poor, instituted at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy in 2016, with a massive homily celebrated in the Basilica of San Pedro. And later, Francisco has had lunch with about 1,500 people in need in the Vatican. During the homily dedicated to the most disadvantaged, Pope Francis has appealed against indifference towards the poor and the discarded, among which included unborn children and those who are innocent victims of wars. The cry of the poor, said the pontiff, “is the drowned cry of children who can not come to light, of children who suffer from hunger, of children accustomed to the roar of bombs instead of the happy uproar of games” That of the poor is “the cry of so many Lazaros who mourn, while a few eulogons feast with what is rightfully for all: injustice is the perverse root of poverty,” he denounced. Francisco also recalled “the cry of the elderly and abandoned,” of migrants and refugees, “who must flee, leaving the house and the land without the certainty of a place of arrival.” Whole populations, also deprived of the enormous natural resources of those who have. “” The cry of the poor is getting louder but also less listened to, stifled by the roar of a few rich people, who are getting less and less but getting richer, “the Argentine pope lamented. Francis urged Christians not to stop “with their arms crossed” or to remain “indifferent” in the face of injustice. After the Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in front of 6,000 people, the Pontiff had lunch with about 1,500 disadvantaged people in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, a few meters from his residence in the House of Santa Marta. The solidarity initiative has counted on the collaboration of about 70 volunteers from the parishes of Rome. The menu, consisting of lasagna, chicken with mashed potatoes and tiramisu, was offered by the Hotel Cavaliere Hilton in Rome. And at the end, each of the guests received a kilo of pasta. “This journey that involves more and more parishes, associations and ecclesial movements wants to be a sign of hope and a stimulus to become an instrument of mercy in the social fabric,” said Francisco after pronouncing the Angelus.Numerous churches and colleges of the Italian capital have joined the convocation and have celebrated at the same time a solidary lunch for people in need in their dependencies. As part of the initiatives launched by the Vatican on the occasion of the second World Day of the Poor, during the whole week a solidarity medical clinic has been open in the Plaza de San Pedro to give free assistance to vulnerable people with access difficulties to medical services. The initiative has counted on the collaboration of several Roman hospitals and universities and has offered the specialties of cardiology, gynecology, rheumatology, dermatology or general medicine. A kind of field hospital that on Friday the Pope visited by surprise.


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