Pope Francis Skips Lunch With Politicians To Visit Homeless In D.C.

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Cierra Bailey
After addressing Congress, Pope Francis decided his time would be better spent among D.C's homeless than in a luncheon with politicians.

Pope Francis continues to spread love and kindness in America as he's been making headlines since he first set foot on U.S. soil Tuesday. Today, he stepped away from his planned itinerary and a luncheon with politicians on Capitol Hill to visit with the homeless

The Pontiff went to Saint Maria's Meals, a food program run by Catholic Charities in D.C. and blessed the meals being served to the poor. 

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Poverty is an issue that is close to The Pope's heart, he's spoken on the issue numerous times and it was under his watch that the Vatican opened showers in St. Peter's Square where the homeless can get free haircuts and shave in addition to the building of a homeless shelter in Rome. 

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Before the meal at Saint Maria's, Pope Francis had these powerful words to say:

“I want to be very clear. We can’t find any social or moral justification,  no justification whatsoever for lack of housing. We know that Jesus wanted to show solidarity with every person. He wanted everyone to experience his companionship, his help and his love. He identified with all those who suffer, who weep, who suffer any kind of injustice. He tells us this clearly, ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’"

His humble, selfless decision today was indicative of his genuine desire to care for the poor and strive for economic equality. 

 

Pope Francis is working the crowd at @ccadw! #WalkwithFrancis #PopeInDC

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