If turkey is the staple food for Americans around this time of year, Italians will gladly accept your pasta dish.
For this reason, several charitable organizations in Italy pledged to give Pope Francis two tons of pasta to distribute to Italy’s “new poor” due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Read: Pope Francis Establishes Fund For Struggling Italian Families)
Four charities in the Taranto area in southern Italy have decided to donate the pasta to Pope Francis through his Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski. They called it “pasta for the pope’s poor,” as the poverty and unemployment rate tends to be higher in southern Italy than in the rest of Italy.
Pasta for the Pope’s Poor
On November 17, the heads of the organizations gave the Archbishop of Taranto, Filippo Santoro, over 1,000 pounds of “Lori Puglia” pasta for the poor people in his archdiocese. They also asked the Archbishop to give the additional pasta to the pope’s almoner so he could deliver it to more people in need. Lori Puglia is one of Italy’s leading providers of pasta.
The pasta delivery is expected to arrive in Rome on December 5. It will be delivered straight to Archbishop Krajewski who has been a consistent figure on the streets during Italy’s coronavirus outbreak.
Archbishop Santoro thanked the organizations and said, “In this time marked by COVID, the right attitude is one of responsibility and sharing. And this leads to initiatives which precisely because of this are laudable because they recall that Christian hope stops in front of nothing.” (Read: Pope Francis Invites Family of Nurses for Meet-Up)
Guiseppe Orlando, head of the Stabat Mater Est association, one of the charities, said that “in difficult times it would be more convenient to take care of your own garden… But if you look at your neighbor and welcome them with a smile rather than indifference and if you think that all children have the same rights, you can’t. You roll up your sleeves and help, support, and comfort.”
Italy is currently experiencing a new coronavirus outbreak and has sent some regions to lockdown. The country has recently recorded 34,767 new COVID-19 cases with 692 new deaths. (Read: Vatican Moves General Audience to Online Platforms Again)