From "Seasons of Grace" today . . .
Four Men and a Dog: Pope Francis’ Birthday Breakfast with His Homeless Neighbors
December 17, 2013 By Leave a Comment
Pope Francis began his 77th birthday as he begins every other day: by celebrating Mass in the chapel at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
This morning, though, the faithful who gathered to pray with him were not cardinals or foreign dignitaries. Joining the Pope for Mass and a special birthday breakfast were his household staff, four homeless men and a dog. Also attending and concelebrating the Mass with the Pope were Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State, and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals.
The homeless men, who live in the area around St. Peter’s Basilica, had been invited by Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski. After the Mass, as one of the men held his dog in his arms, they joined the household staff in feting the Holy Father with a rousing “Happy Birthday” (I think that’s “Buon Compleanno” in Italian). Then all were invited to a “family-style” breakfast in the guesthouse.