Cardinal Sean O'Malley at the Pine Street Inn Tuesday. (Kendall Buhl/WBZ NewsRadio)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cardinal Sean O'Malley joined more than 150 volunteers Tuesday to serve up a Christmas Eve luncheon at the Pine Street Inn.
After leading the first round of diners through a prayer, O'Malley put an apron on over his robes and began serving the meal.
"When I see these volunteers and I see the people working here at Pine Street Inn, that's what gives you hope and gives you faith in humanity, that people will respond to the message of Christmas," O'Malley told WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl.
Later, roughly 1,000 people will be served Christmas Eve dinner at the homeless shelter.
The menu includes more than 630 lbs. of orange-glazed Christmas ham, 300 roasted chicken breasts, and 440 lbs. of roasted sweet potatoes.
O'Malley said he wanted to remind everyone that homelessness is not a Christmastime problem, but an all the time problem—and that his greatest hope is that the feeling of goodwill felt at the inn tonight extends throughout the new year.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports