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December 2014

Pope Francis, who turned 78 on December 17, celebrated the occasion by handing out 400 sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Rome. There are approximately 3,276 homeless people currently living in Rome, half of whom have no shelter at all and live on the streets, a recent survey found.
According to Religion News, the Pope’s archbishop in charge of charitable giving, Konrad Krajewski, led a group of volunteers around the local area to distribute the sleeping bags. “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” the group told recipients. The pope also held a birthday lunch at the Vatican, with four homeless individuals among the guests.
But if you’re surprised that Francis would rather give out presents than receive them for his birthday, you haven’t been paying enough attention to this pope. Last month, despite some internal opposition in the Vatican, the pope ordered that public showers be installed in St. Peter’s Square so homeless people would have a place to bathe.
Francis has also been quietly sneaking out of the Vatican to minister to homeless residents living on the streets.
Addressing poverty and economic inequality has become a central theme of Francis’ nearly two-year tenure. He has attacked unbridled wealth accumulation,pointing out that Bible calls for a “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits” in order to care for the poor. “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” said Francis last year. He has also been highly critical of trickle-down economics.

November 2014

Yesterday, people came and went all day. It was a wonderful day.

First, Marilyn Arrives with a donation check for our gas tank.  I was delighted to say the least.

An hour later,as I was taking the bread out of the bread maker, three men from York, PA. drove up. We had coffee and visited for awhile. Then we all worked loading the large pick up that they came in. But they still had more space to fill than we had sleeping bags.

Just as they were tying down the tarp, in came Alice and Tom with 15 freshly made sleeping bag to add to their precious cargo. It was good to watch how things come together when people of caring hearts and minds work together.

This Thanksgiving I will be giving thanks for all of you that take the time to care about people you probably will never meet.