Pope invites homeless for birthday breakfast
Published on Dec 17, 2013 8:31 PM
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis invited four homeless people to mass and breakfast in the Vatican on his 77th birthday on Tuesday, which he celebrated with Vatican staff and their families, Vatican radio reported.
The pope hosted the breakfast at St Martha's Residence, the Vatican hotel where he has stayed since his election, spurning the more grandiose Apostolic Palace where leaders of the Catholic Church usually live.
The four homeless people were among the dozens who spend every night camped out around St Peter's Square.
Photos released by the Vatican showed Francis speaking with three homeless man, including one holding a dog.
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