Pope lunches with poor at Vatican, denounces church attacks

VATICAN CITY — Lasagna, veal and cake were on the menu Sunday as Pope  Benedict XVI invited about 250 poor people to join him for a post-Christmas lunch and denounced as "absurd" new attacks on the faithful around the globe.
Joining the pope and his guests were some 250 nuns, seminarians and priests of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order, which runs soup kitchens around Rome.
Last year, Benedict traveled to a Rome soup kitchen to join the poor but this year's meal was held inside the Vatican's main audience hall.