Pope Francis is served gnocchi during a lunch with several hundred poor people at the Vatican Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican 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. Three days after his election in 2013, Francis said: "Oh, how I would like a poor church, and for the poor".He since given up some of the trappings of the papacy, shunning the spacious papal apartments in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace for a modest residence in a guest house.
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