Rome celebrates 30 years of Soup Kitchen in via Dandolo: a family with room for everyone

The Soup Kitchen Via Dandolo 10 in Rome, is always packed. But of course, on Friday 9th November it was full like a brimming cup. Everyone was there: those who came for the first time and lifelong friends. All gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the place where - as the President of Sant’Egidio Marco Impagliazzo said in his greeting - "a family was formed and is formed every day”.

A place with such particular history: moving through the suffering of racist laws in 1938, it than became - precisely on 9 November 1988, 50 years from the terrible "Crystals Nights” - one of the most representative places of welcoming and inclusion. Nearly 200,000 people have been welcomed over 30 years with more than 3 million meals have consumed at these tables. As Andrea Riccardi recently recalled, the Soup Kitchen in Via Dandolo is an expression of the Spirit of God. So many stories of human lives, which were lost and now are found. The images of the celebration and the words of Marco Impagliazzo are making us all share the joy of this unique occasion.