Pope Francis Declines U.S. Lawmaker’s Lunch Invitation, Dines With The Homeless Instead

Jody Jameson - Author

Sep. 25 2015, Updated 5:14 a.m. ET

Pope Francis visited St. Patrick’s Church, the oldest parish in the city, Thursday, September 24 to dine with and speak to the homeless people of Washington, D.C.

The pope spoke to the crowd in his native language of Spanish, while someone translated for those listening. He narrated the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph, noting how they were forced to give birth to the baby Jesus without a home.

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Pope Francis told the congregation about how Jesus was brought into this world as a homeless person, and how he “knew what it was to start a life without a roof over his head.” He also spoke of how Joseph used his faith to find “light just at the moment when everything seemed dark.” The pope related the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary to the people who were there to listen to him in what seemed to be an effort to give hope to those in need.

The pope also spoke about the lack of housing, and he made his position on the matter very evident to those in attendance.

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“I want to be very clear, we can find no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing.”

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