Pope Francis invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

The Vatican says the pontiff spent 20 minutes with the visitors, meeting each one individually. He asked them to pray for him saying, “I need prayers from people like you.” “It was a great surprise meeting him,” said Graziella, one of the homeless visitors, to the Italian news agency ANSA. “The pope was smiling a lot but above all I was struck by his humility. Who else would have done this? Nobody. I always go to church but I have never experienced such humanity and humility.” (abc News)

The visit was organized by the pope’s almoner Bishop Konrad Krajewski, who earlier this year started organizing showers and shaves in St. Peter’s Square for people who live rough. (Reuters)