Vatican City, Oct 14, 2003 / 22:00 pm
This Sunday, October 19, 2,000 homeless people from Rome, accompanied by 1,000 members of the Missionaries of Charity, will be the guests of honor at the beatification of Mother Teresa, the tireless apostle of the poor.
The Missionaries of Charity--who have been charged with preparations for the ceremony-- have sought to emphasize the original vocation of their religious order, to serve "the poorest of the poor," by reserving preferential seating for the people Mother Teresa loved so dearly.
At the end of Mass, the homeless will be invited to a special banquet that the Missionaries of Charity will host at the Paul VI Auditorium.
The Holy See expects 200,000 people from all over the world to attend the ceremony of Beatification in St. Peter’s Square.