Pope Francis surprised the world by inviting homeless men and women to the Sistine Chapel. But it gets better: he treated them to a private viewing with an unannounced visit last Thursday
Home to Michelangelo’s celebrated frescoes,\ the tourist attraction in Vatican City closed its doors to visitors 90 minutes early in order to host a guided tour of the chapel and adjoining Vatican museums and gardens for a group of 150 dispossessed men and women.
Pope Francis, who’s known for his work for the poor, welcomed the homeless and greeted each of them individually. “This is a house for everyone, this is your home. The doors are always open to all,” he told them, adding “Pray for me, I need the prayers of people like you.” Cameras and photographers were prohibited At the end of the tour the group was invited to dinner in the restaurant of the Vatican Museums.
Since his election, Pope Francis has launched a number of charitable initiatives for the poor, enacted by Archbishop Krajewski. Earlier this year showers were installed in St. Peter’s Square to be used by people who live on the streets. To mark his 78th birthday, the Pope distributed 400 sleeping bags to the homeless.
PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALL REJOICE AND THEN AGAIN MAYBE NOT.
THIS ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL DOESN’T IT? BUT FOR ONLY 150 PEOPLE?, THAT’S CHEAP PR. DON’T GET ME WRONG, I LOVE FRANCIS AND THINK HE’S STUPENDOUS, BUT THIS?
IN NUREMBERG ON THE TUESDAY OF CROSS WEEK, THE RULING CLASS, THE PATRICIANS WOULD OPEN UP THE TOWN GATES, LET THE LEPERS AND QUARANTTEED POOR WRETCHES IN, GAVE THEM SOME FREE FOOD, GAVE THEM A BLANKET. THEN THEN WERE THROWN OUT BY GOOD FRIDAY, SO THE PARTYING COULD REALLY START. AND THE EASTER MARKET, AND GREED COULD BE INF in>