Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 30, 2016 / 05:02 am
Rio de Janeiro's Cardinal Orani Tempesta celebrated his 66th birthday with a special visit: he spent his time with a group of homeless people.
On June 22, after a previous birthday celebration, the cardinal went out at night around 11:00 p.m. to the downtown area to meet some homeless people and to celebrate his birthday with them, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro reported.
"The cardinal offered gifts, blankets, milk and coffee, and listened to their stories," the archdiocese news brief said. The cardinal was able "to learn up close about the reality of those who live and sleep on the streets."
The archdiocese said the effort was a witness for the Catholic Church's Year of Mercy and a reflection of the fourth corporal work of mercy: to clothe the naked.