Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food.
“Never throw away leftovers,” he said on 29th July before reciting the Angelus prayer with people gathered in St Peter’s Square.
Leftovers should be eaten later or given to someone in need who will eat them, he said, advising people to talk to their relatives who lived through the aftermath of the Second World War and ask what they did with any uneaten food.
The pope made his comments during his reflection on the day’s Gospel reading about the multiplication of the loaves.
He praised how the young boy in the account came forward with the little he had – five loaves and two fish.
“Young people are like this, they are courageous. We have to help them continue” being brave, he said.
The Gospel account, the pope said, shows how Jesus is aware of the people being hungry and how he gets his disciples involved to offer “his word, his consolation, his salvation and, in the end, his life.”
“We, his disciples, cannot look the other way,” he said. “Only by listening to the people’s simplest requests” and accompanying them with their real problems “can one be listened to when one speaks of higher values.”
Picture: Stocks of food at the Trussell Trust Brent Foodbank, Neasden, London. (Jonathan Brady/PA).