By Staff     2/18/2016

For the past 11 years, Chef Bruno Serrato, owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant, has become known worldwide for his daily efforts to cook warm dinners for 1,400 underprivileged “motel kids” every night. Serrato was named one of CNN’s 10 Heroes of the Year and has been recognized on TV and in international publications. He was even honored on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with a humanitarian award.

But one of his most treasured honors came recently when Pope Francis sent him greetings and a gift.

“Dear Bruno, I have the pleasure to send you the crown of the rosary on behalf of the Holy Pope Francis. He will remember you during his prayer and send you a big brotherly hug from his heart and the apostolic blessing to you and all the people who are helping you. I am also sending you my personal prayers.” It was signed the Archbishop of Venevento and Elemosiniere of the Holy Pope.

“This means all of you who have helped me the past 11 years through your support of Caterina’s Club have been blessed directly by Pope Francis,” Serrato wrote to his supporters.