Pope: Do not throw away left over food

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At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, the Pope recalled that Jesus, after the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, and feeding thousands of people, asked that the leftovers be collected and not be thrown away.

“I think of people who are hungry and how much left over food we throw ... Let each one ask: Where does the left over food for lunch and dinner go? What do you do with left over food in my home? Do you throw it? No.”
“Never throw away left over food. It is reused or given to those who can eat it, who need it. Never throw left over food away. This is a suggestion and also an examination of conscience: what do you do at home with food that is left over?'”

The Pope also recalled that this miracle was possible thanks to a generous young man who made his bread and fish available to the apostles. 

“How good was this boy! Brave. He, too, looked at the crowd and then at his five loaves. And he said: 'I have this, if it works, I am available'. This boy makes us think. That courage. Young people are like that. They are brave. We must help them to live this courage.”

Before leaving, he recalled that this week marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, which affects thousands of people around the world. He asked for the collaboration of all to restore dignity to those affected.

“Migration routes are also often used by traffickers and exploiters to recruit victims of trafficking. It is everyone's responsibility to denounce injustices and firmly oppose this shameful crime.”

It was one of the hottest Sundays of the year, but despite this about 25 thousand people attended. This is why the pope praised the pilgrims.

“You are brave with this heat! Congratulations!”

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