Helping the poor is a 'Passport to Paradise,' Pope says

Helping the poor is a 'Passport to Paradise,' Pope saysBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican on Sunday, saying that helping the needy was one way of obtaining a “passport to paradise”. Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Roman Catholic Church’s first yearly World Day of the Poor, which the pope established to draw the attention of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to the neediest. About 1,500 of them were having lunch with the pope in the Vatican’s large audience hall and others were being taken to eat as guests in nearby pontifical colleges.



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