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Pope visits Roman parish, meets with refugees and homeless

January 20, 2014

On Sunday, January 19, as the Catholic world observed the 100th World Day for Migrants, Pope Francis visited the parish of Sacro Cuore di Gesu, which operates a center housing 400 refugees.

Located in central Rome, the Sacro Cuore parish serves many refugees and homeless people. During his afternoon visit the Pope met with parishioners, heard several confessions, and then celebrated Mass.

In his homily the Pope encouraged the faithful to realize that Jesus can take on the weight of any sin, however grave. “He came to us for this reason: to forgive, to make peace in the world, but first of all in our hearts,” the Popes said.


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