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Pope Makes Private Year of Mercy Visit to Care Homes

Last edited 17th January 2016

Pope Makes Private Year of Mercy Visit to Care Homes

Pope Francis has made an unannounced, “private” visit to a retirement home and a home for people in a persistent vegetative state as part of his personal observance of the Year of Mercy.

The visits to the 33 residents of the Bruno Buozzi Retirement Home and the six residents of Casa Iride in Rome were announced with the hashtag #MercyFriday by the pontifical commission organising the Year of Mercy.

The Vatican previously announced that on one Friday each month during the Holy Year, Pope Francis would personally and privately perform a work of mercy.

The series ended up beginning very publicly on December 18 when he visited and celebrated Mass at a shelter run by the Rome diocesan Caritas.


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