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Pope meets with parish children, charity assistants

February 21, 2017

During his February 19 visit to a parish in suburban Rome, Pope Francis answered questions from children and spoke with Caritas assistants.

The Pope addressed questions about the papacy, his childhood, and difficult moments in his life; he said that when he was little, he wanted to be a butcher. He also asked the children questions about the Blessed Trinity and the Virgin Mary.

The Pope emphasized to the Caritas assistants that “when a person comes to ask for help, a woman, a man, whoever, that person is Jesus.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 21, 2017 12:21 PM ET USA

    I wonder how many times Pope Francis has been confronted by the "targeted" beggar. By this I mean the beggar who returns with the cash only to hand it over to the pimp, the slave trader, the criminal exploiter of families and children "down on their luck." Working downtown, I frequently had to decide between squeezing the purchase of food for the beggar into my busy schedule, versus sending him/her on their way empty handed. The stories are all variants of the same: family in hotel, no money...