Today, 27 December, Pope Benedict XVI visited the soup kitchen for the poor of the Community of Sant’ Egidio. To welcome him on the door of the place, together with Prof. Andrea Riccardi, one of the founders of the community were Prof. Marco Impagliazzo, Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, a Roma woman and an immigrant from Senegal.
The Holy Father greeted representatives of the volunteers that usually serve at the tables and leaders of the Community. Sr. Maelisa was among those greeted by the Pope
Benedict XVI then entered the room where the meal was to be served. Awaiting for him in two halls there were 150 guests. The Pope, before sitting at table with 12 other guests, toured the rooms of the soup-kitchen meeting personally each of the guests.
The lunch with the Christmas menu then began with: hors d’oeuvre, lasagna, meatballs, lentils and mashed potatos. The meal concluded with sweets and a toast with sparkling wine. The sweets were donated by the Holy Father.
Once the lunch ended, the Pope personally delivered gifts to 31 children who were present.