Meals for the poor, bibles for African victims of human trafficking, and a special Lenten cake. These were the gifts Pope Francis received from the Anglican community of Rome on his Sunday visit to All Saints Church.
On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, Rome’s Anglican parish
offered Pope Francis several gifts, two for the poor in his name and
another for his palate.
First, All Saints parish and its twin Catholic parish in Rome,
Ognissanti (‘All Saints’ in English), said they would offer a meal every
Friday evening for the poor around the Ostiense train station in Pope
Second, of the 200 English bibles printed for the parish’s
anniversary, 50 will be donated to ‘prostitutes in Western Africa who
often ask for them’.
The bibles will be distributed by a network of sisters who help
victims of human trafficking, many of whom end up in forced
Finally, some of the best products of the Anglican Church, including
homemade jams and mustards, as well as a ‘Simnel Sunday cake’.
The cake is a traditional English treat for the 4th Sunday of Lent
(Laetare Sunday) and is decorated with 11 balls of marzipan to symbolize
the 12 Apostles, minus Judas Iscariot.
'Simnel' derives from the Latin
word 'simila', meaning fine wheaten flour. Simnel cakes were often given
by girls in domestic service to their mothers when they had a rare day
off on 'Mothering Sunday'.