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Pope Francis Throws Pizza Parties For The Homeless In Rome, Seriously

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The Pope’s throwing Pizza parties and taking everyone to the beach on the western coast of Italy. Where do we sign up?

OK, well, he isn’t exactly taking everybody. You see there is a certain criteria you must meet, as you kinda’ have to be a vagrant or pauper to enjoy the Popes benevolence, Vatican Insider said.

For the past two weeks, the Supreme Pontiff’s aides have rounded up groups of Rome’s homeless, usually 10 or 11 people, for a beach day, followed by dinner at a local pizzeria. These less unfortunate individuals are also provided with fresh clean towels and new bathing suits.

If you are perhaps wondering what a group of homeless individuals look like at the beach other than the beach bum image we all have, overseer to the Vatican’s Charitable Funds Konrad Krajewski stated, “the groups make for a unique sight on the beach, since those who live on the street have very dark faces because of the sun, but bodies as white as milk.”

Krawjewski also added, “We certainly are not saving the world with some of these initiatives, we are not solving the problems of the homeless in Rome, but at least we are restoring to them a little dignity.”

Although Pope Francis is spearheading this amazing charitable act, he unfortunately does not actually partake in the activities because, well, he’s the Pope.  Surely if he wouldn’t be mobbed by the masses he would totally join for a slice or two, but until then he’ll have to enjoy delivery to the Vatican.

h/t people

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Police Officer Cooks Dinner For Lonely Seniors And It Was Beautiful

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Loud, unsettling cries were heard coming from an apartment in Rome, so with concern for someone’s general safety, the police were called to make sure everything was OK.

Once the police arrived to the apartment, they learned the cries were coming from an elderly couple who were not only terribly lonely, but also distraught over the sad news that they kept watching on the news.

The couple had had enough, to the point of tears, and probably said what you and I surely often say, ‘What is wrong with this world?’ Aside from the sadness of the daily news, the couple told the officers that they hadn’t had a single visitor in years. That means not even any family or friends. All the two had was each other, and while that can go a long way, there’s nothing like the presence of others to bring much-needed comfort.

The Roman police were in the apartment, watching the 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband Michele, essentially give up on the world as we know it, so they tried to help out the best way any Italian could, by making this wonderful couple some pasta.

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It wasn’t anything fancy, but the butter and Parmesan spaghetti, along with the priceless company of the police, were much more than the couple expected.

Jole and Michele had the chance to have a legitimate conversation with the police. Human interaction, something different from what the television provided, is what the couple truly needed. They had a chance to tell the officers stories about their 70-year marriage, what it’s like to be with someone for so many years and unfortunately, shared stories about dealing with depression and loneliness together.

Sure, those four police officers didn’t save the world, but with a little pasta and love toward their fellow man, they might have saved that couple’s world.

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Apparently, the World’s Largest Pizza is Gluten-Free

What does 5,000 batches of dough baked over a 48-hour period get you? A place in the record books. Leave it to the Italians to reclaim their heritage by baking up the world’s largest pizza pie.

The pie, magically and masterfully constructed by five Italians chefs, contained 19,800 pounds of flour, 10,000 pounds of tomato sauce, 8,800 pounds of mozzarella cheese, 1,488 pounds of margarine, 551 pounds of rock salt, 220 pounds of lettuce and 55 pounds of vinegar. And if those numbers don’t send your mind for a spin, the pizza weighed in at 51,257 pounds. And, to top it off, this epic wonder of the dinner world is gluten-free. So you and your 50,000 other friends can eat it guilt free.

This blew the previous largest pizza pie record out of the oven, as the predecessor measured 122 feet in diameter and hailed from South Africa. Oh, and that was made with gluten, so 1990’s.

The best part, the chefs named their pizza Ottavia, because apparently, it’s ok to play with your food in Europe. They named the pizza Ottavia as an homage to Rome’s first emperor Octavian Augustus, whose love for pizza is history’s best kept secret.

via HuffingtonPost

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Check out Caesars Palace’s New $17M, 500 Item, 25,000 sq. ft. Bacchanal Buffet

According to myth, when the ancient Roman gods came down to earth seeking glorious libation, one of their favorite destinations was none other than Las Vegas, Nevada. It is said that in the case of a particularly auspicious soothsaying year, Jupiter himself would often turn to his fellow gods and exclaim, “Yo mah deetees, we ‘bout to get debauchi-wasted up in this b*tch.”

Okay, maybe not, but that doesn’t make this $17 million dollar, 500-item, 25,000 sq. ft. buffet in Vegas any less impressive. Revamping the old Bacchanal restaurant, which closed in 2000, the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace promises to offer the biggest, most kaleidoscopic menu on the Vegas Strip.

Featuring nine open kitchens, seating for approximately 600 people and over 500 menu items including “made-to-order omelets, the freshest seafood and roasted meats […], regional comfort food like breakfast pizzas, red velvet pancakes, wood fired Neapolitan pizzas and Chinese dim sum, [and] even roasted South Carolina shrimp and grits,” the Bacchanal will also overlook Caesars Garden of the Gods pool, making it arguably one of the better ways to round out your “routinely spectacular” Tuesday.

Set to open in September, Bacchanal’s hours will run daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with breakfast available at $19.99, lunch at $24.99 and dinner at $39.99.

When in Rome.

See the Bacchanal promo teaser for yourself, here:

[Via Examiner]