Skip to content

LUNCH SURPRISE: Pope Francis eats with Vatican employees in surprise visit

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/27/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/27/2014 (3 years 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.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Comments


More Europe

Vatican arrests priest for child pornography Watch

Image of

On Saturday Vatican police arrested former Vatican diplomat Fr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who has been under investigation for the violation ... continue reading


Young Catholics become a minority in places across Europe Watch

Image of

Young Catholics in Europe live in a culture where religious affiliation, church attendance, and regular prayer are generally at low levels, ... continue reading


Secretariat resigns after 'Lettergate' scandal Watch

Image of

On Wednesday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano as prefect of the Secretariat for Communications in wake ... continue reading


Learn St. Patrick's Prayer against Paganism

Image of

This prayer of St. Patrick called "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate" was composed as he prepared for his most important battles against the ... continue reading


One hundred thousand rally to stop the advance of abortion in Ireland Watch

Image of

Some 100,000 Irish pro-life advocates took to the streets across the country on Saturday to oppose legalizing abortion in the Republic of ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

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

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.