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Pope to meet thousands of homeless at end of Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican (SE): Six thousand homeless people from all over Europe will be met by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy when they make a pilgrimage to Rome from November 11 to 13 as part of the 2016 European Festival of Joy and Mercy, according to a Vatican Radio report on May 2.

The 2016 event is organised by the Fratello Association—an initiative that arose out of a 2014 pilgrimage made by 150 street people from France. Groups throughout Europe engaged in aiding the poorest and most vulnerable in society have been invited to participate.

The event programme includes an audience led by Pope Francis, a papal Mass, the Stations of the Cross, a tour of Rome as well as a gathering to hear people’s personal testimonies and a Vigil of Mercy with Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, from Lyon, France, Catholic News Service reported.

In a press release, the Fratello Association said, “This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet Pope Francis will give people from the most vulnerable sections of society, who are often treated as outcasts, a chance to discover that their place is in the heart of God and in the heart of the Church.” 

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