Today, at 4.30 p.m., Bergoglio will open, in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy, the “Holy Door of Charity” at the hostel entitled to Don Luigi Di Liegro, first director of Capitoline Caritas, at the Termini station (Marsala street, 109). The liturgy will begin in the square opposite the two structures of the diocesan Caritas of Rome at 4.30 p.m., with the ritual opening of the door. Four guests of the hostel are going to proceed in a procession together with the Pope. They will be carrying the cross, the missal, and the candelabra. The Pope will be followed by Monsignor Enrico Savage, director of Caritas, and three priests from the organism of the diocese: Don Giorgio Gabrielli, Don Danilo Priori, and Don Donato Palminteri. Litanies of prayer to the saints will be sung during the procession.
Among them, those of mercy which are important for the city of Rome – such as St. Philip Neri, St. Fabiola (to whom the chapel of the hostel “Don Luigi Di Liegro” is dedicated), St Jacinta (to whom the citadel of Charity in Ponte Casilino is dedicated), St. Damien of Molokai (to whom the chapel “children’s home for minors with Aids” in Villa Glori is dedicated), Saint John Paul II – and the martyrs of justice and charity: Blessed Oscar Romero and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Pope Francis will pass through the holy door walking under the Jesuit Father Marko Ivan Rupnik’s mosaic which represents the icon of the Jubilee. In the dining-room, the Pontiff will be awaited by 200 guests representing all the welcome centers of the diocesan Caritas. With them, Pope Francis will celebrate the Eucharist according to the liturgy of the day. The guests of the Caritas will see to the animation of Mass with songs, readings and prayers of the faithful: the first reading will be recited by the forty-year-old Angelo Zurolo, a resident of the hostel and editor of the newspaper Drops of Marsala, created by the guests of the Caritas structure; the responsorial psalm and the Gospel acclamation by Rita Quaranta, a resident of “Citadel of Charity” in Ponte Casilino. The prayers of the faithful have been written and will be read by a young mother, a guest at “Cristian’s House”, a reception center for poor families with children, by an asylum seeker from the reception center “Ferrhotel”, by a guest of the hostel, by Maria Teresa Serra, a volunteer at the canteen “San Giovanni Paul II”, and by Andrea La Rosa, coordinator of the hostel “Don Luigi Di Liegro”. In the Eucharistic celebration will partake only guests of the hospitality structures who will be accompanied by some volunteers and operators. In the square outside, 500 people more, mainly Caritas volunteers, will assist at the liturgy.
The hostel and the canteen, a note of the Vicariate reminds us, are two reception facilities for homeless: the first one hosts 195 people every night; whereas 500 people access the canteen for the evening meal. The two centers were inaugurated on December 10 by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, after having been closed in 2011 following a massive redevelopment and enlargement project. Both are structures that Caritas has been managing since 1987 in agreement with the Municipality of Rome, in a real estate made available by the Italian State Railways.