Yesterday Cardinal Dominik Duka welcomed people who are homeless, impoverished, isolated and refugees to the Archbishop’s Palace for a traditional Christmas lunch. Shared seating for 300 guests at the Christmas Day lunch was organized for the 20th year in a row by the lay Catholic movement Community of Sant’Egidio; the community organized Christmas lunches in 70 countries worldwide yesterday for a total of 260 000 impoverished and isolated people.
The menu included beef stock with liver dumplings, roast duck and beef in cream sauce, and Christmas cookies.
Each guest received a Christmas present such as a coat, socks, or a warm scarf and everyone received personal hygiene supplies.
He clinked a glass of champagne with the guests and shook hands with all of them.
“I wish you quiet and peace in soul, inner calm and reconciliation. If there is need, look for help in order to feel parts of society that should think more of you and help you,” Duka said.