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Pope to Recovering Drug Addicts: "The Church is With You, But You Need the Will to Stand Up"

Last edited 25th July 2013

A few hours after celebrating his first World Youth Day Mass, the Pope visited a hospital that helps recovering drug addicts. For over a decade, Franciscan friars have run the St. Francis of Assisi Hospital, helping over 1,700 recovering addicts, in the past 13 years. Despite the heavy rain, a large crowd was ready to welcome Pope Francis. Before giving his speech, he listened to the testimonies, of those who got their life back on track thanks to the center.

The Pope denounced those who see human lives as a means of business or drug deals and he called on society to not be indifferent. Read the full text of his homily here.

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