Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/27/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Pontiff enjoyed lunch of unseasoned pasta with blue collar workers

A "lunch surprise" usually means an item that's not on the menu offered at a lower price. At the Vatican, employees got quite a "lunch surprise" on Friday when their "boss" and bishop, Pope Francis, turned up at their cafeteria.

The Pope spent about an hour dining at a table with around 10 other people.

The Pope spent about an hour dining at a table with around 10 other people.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/27/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pope Francis, Vatican cafeteria, blessing, lunch

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Pope Francis acted as the humblest of the workers," Franco Paini, chef of the Vatican cafeteria, told Vatican Radio. "He got here, he took his tray, his utensils, he got in the line and waited his turn, and then we served him."

The Vatican's cafeteria is located behind its central post office, on the Via Sant'Anna, on the north side of St. Peter's Square. The Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis resides, is on its south.

Emergency Fund - SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide

The occasion marked the first time that Pope Francis has lunched with Vatican employees. Customarily, he dines in the refectory of Domus Sanctae Marthae at a reserved table.

The Pope spent about an hour dining at a table with around 10 other people.

Paini reported that for his lunch, Pope Francis chose to have pasta without a sauce, and cod with grilled tomatoes.

"We met, he asked us how we were, he asked us how we worked, he congratulated us . he blessed us, he took a picture with us."

Opening in 2008, the Vatican cafeteria is open to employees of Vatican City and the Holy See, and of institutions linked to it.

The Pope turned up unexpectedly just after noon, picking up his tray and cutlery and joining the back of the line at around 1 p.m.

According to Vatican Radio, the canteen's chef Franco Pai'ni said the visit was "like a thunderbolt out of the blue."

The Pope was introduced to staff and asked them questions about themselves and their work. He praised the food and gave a blessing before leaving.

One culinary curiosity remains: It is understood that the Pope's pasta was likely to have been accompanied by butter or oil rather than being completely plain.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Europe

Goodwill not welcomed everywhere as German TV show depicts 'Muslim Merkel' image Watch

Image of The producers of the show defended the image.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming of Middle Eastern refugees is not being wholly embraced in her homeland. Complaints have risen about the sudden influx of Muslim immigrants in this largely catholic nation. ARD television broadcasted a mocked-up ... continue reading

CHURCH SHOCKER: Gay and pedophile priests sent to monastery for 'sex cures' Watch

Image of In the wake of recent sex scandals, it has been discovered that the Vatican sends priests

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the wake of recent sex scandals, it has been discovered that the Vatican sends priests "with inappropriate sexual tendencies" to a special monastery in the Alps for a purported cure. It has been learned that homosexual, pedophile and drug addicted clergy ... continue reading

Anti-Semitic violence runs rampant through Europe Watch

Image of


A top European Union official has warned of increasing anti-Semitism in Europe, as there are mounting threats and attacks against Jews in Europe's member countries.  BRUSSELS, EUROPE (Catholic Online) - The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans ... continue reading

Is ancient Greek tomb for Alexander the Great's friend Hephaestion? Debate continues Watch

Image of After his death in 325 B.C., Alexander the Great reportedly ordered that shrines be constructed throughout the empire. Hephaestion died less than a year before the Macedonian leader.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archaeologist Katerina Peristeri declared that the mysterious Amphipolis monument is a tomb to Hephaestion, Alexander the Great's best friend who died less than a year before Alexander did.Fragmentary inscriptions link the monument to Hephaestion. Other archaeologists ... continue reading

10,000 copies of Germany's constitution was printed in Arabic to help nearly 800,000 migrants integrate Watch

Image of


Germany translated the first 20 articles of its constitution, which concerns basic rights such as freedom of speech, into Arabic for refugees to learn in an attempt to help immigrants integrate. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the moment, Germany struggles to ... continue reading

Segregation of Jewish and Muslim pupils in a French school echoes chilling Nazi segregation Watch

Image of


Jewish and Muslim students at the Piedallous primary school in Auxere, Burgundy were ordered to wear disks around their necks. The incident brought with it memories of Nazi segregation and caused an uproar. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (Catholic Online) - Daily Mail ... continue reading

German refugee camps plagued with rape and child abuse Watch

Image of The European migrant crisis continues to grow. Rape and sexual abuse are already being reported inside German refugee camps.


Rape and sexual abuse is now becoming a major problem in several German refugee asylums as the country tries to cope with their migrant crisis. HOLLYWOOD, CA (Catholic Online) - Refugees are facing several problems inside overcrowded refugee centers across the country ... continue reading

OVERRUN AND OUT OF PATIENCE: Immigrants quickly wear out welcome in Germany Watch

Image of In Germany, there are a few terrorist agents mixed in with those who say they are fleeing the brutal persecution of Islamic State, when in fact they themselves are ISIS.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Germany was lauded by the international community for taking in the large influx of immigrants feeling violence in Syria and Iraq. However . this generosity has a heavy price. Many of these so-called immigrants have left their native lands to make their ... continue reading

Expert confident forensic remains of fabled 'Mona Lisa' found Watch

Image of Most everyone is familiar with the image of a young woman with an enigmatic smile, her hands folded on her lap.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," perhaps the world's most famous painting, has cast a spell across the imagination. Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo, is thought to have been the portrait's model. Bone fragments have ... continue reading

British mother of six brutally assaulted in acid attack Watch

Image of Thirty-seven-year-old Carla Whitlock says that she is still trying to come to terms with how her life has been changed.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what is common in India - but most unusual in the United Kingdom, a 37-year-old mother of six is struggling to come to terms after suffering a vicious acid attack. Witnesses saw her face visibly melt, and doctors say she will probably lose the sight in one ... continue reading

All Europe News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 4:1-11
1 This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
3 take pity on me, Lord, for to you I cry all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:1-4
1 Now it happened that he was in a certain place ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 7th, 2015 Image

St. Artaldus
October 7: Artaldus (also called Arthaud) was born in the castle of ... Read More