- May 8, 2021
As protests in Italy increase among the sectors hardest-hit by enduring coronavirus lockdowns, one Italian charity has expanded its services to Rome’s homeless population, which is expected to rise in the near future if pandemic-related closures aren’t resolved soon.
Father Júlio Lancellotti’s photo went viral last week as he joined city government workers to tear down devices to keep homeless people from lying down under two bridges in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city and financial hub.
Giving some money or a blanket or a sandwich to a homeless person is a good and laudable thing, but a Christian who considers the beggar a brother or sister will do more, said Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin.
Roberto Molinari was a cheerful man from Verona, a big fan of the Italian soccer team AS Roma, and was used to sharing a meal with one the cardinals closest to Pope Francis.
Ailing Pope Francis, who this week is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, has drawn attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death near the Vatican.
After recovering from COVID-19 himself, the pope’s point man for charity is encouraging people to not forget the poor and homeless as vaccination programs ramp up around the world.
As the Vatican health service continued vaccinating Vatican residents and employees against COVID-19, it also began offering the vaccine to homeless people who live in Vatican-owned shelters.
Making gingerbread houses is a Christmas tradition for some families, especially those with German ancestry.