Pope visits nursing home as part of ‘Friday of mercy’ initiative
January 18, 2016
Pope Francis made an unannounced visit on January 15 to a nursing home and to a home where family members offer continuous care to those diagnosed to be in a persistent vegetative state.
Accompanied by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and by a parish priest, Pope Francis spoke with each resident of the nursing home, according to the Holy See Press Office.
During the jubilee year of mercy, the Pope has set aside a monthly “Friday of mercy” to perform such works in mercy. On December 18, he visited a homeless shelter in Rome.
- Comunicato della Sala Stampa: “I venerdì della misericordia” di Papa Francesco, 15.01.2016 (Holy See Press Office)
- Pope makes surprise visit to homes for elderly and disabled (Vatican Radio)
- Pope opens holy door at homeless shelter in Rome (CWN, 12/21)