La Stampa – Vatican insider
On the canonisation day of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the poor people’s saint, the Pope has invited over 1000 poor and homeless people to lunch in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. All guests will be offered a Neapolitan pizza. The gesture marks Francis’ concern for those to whom the new saint devoted her entire life. The poor and homeless people, who will be accompanied by volunteers and Missionaries of Charity, will attend mass celebrated by the Pope in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. At the start of the celebration, Francis will read out the solemn formula with which Mother Teresa will be registered in the book of saints. The special guests, along with the volunteers and nuns will have a pizza in the place where the Pope usually meets and greets pilgrims.
All the necessary equipment was set up just outside the great Vatican audience hall yesterday. The Pope is providing the grub, which is to be prepared by a skilled labour force from Naples, under the supervision of Neapolitan pizza maker Vincenzo Staiano, who is involved in various charity initiatives. The wood-fired ovens, each of which has a chimney, will guarantee the quality of the pizzas.
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