ROME — Pope Francis done a warn revisit Friday to a bad beachside city south of Rome where he went door-to-door blessing families.
The Vatican pronounced in a matter that a pope visited open housing projects in Ostia, 20 miles south of a Italian capital, to demonstrate his “closeness” to those vital in a bishopric of Stella Maris, or Star of a Sea.
It was a latest instance of a pope’s “Mercy Friday” activities, his personal village overdo beginning that began during his Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.
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This time a 80-year-old pontiff visited around a dozen families, chatted and joked with them and apologized for “the disturbance,” a Vatican matter said. Francis also left rosary beads as gifts.
The Vatican compared a pope’s revisit to a unchanging Easter blessings that are customarily conducted during this time of year by bishopric priests.
“Two days ago Father Plinio Poncina, bishopric clergyman of Stella Maris, one of a 6 parishes in Ostia, put adult notices on a doors of a open housing building warning families he would come to do his common Easter blessing,” a Vatican matter said.
“There was good warn currently when residents saw Pope Francis toll a bell, instead of a bishopric priest.”
Ostia, that is renouned with swimmers and object lovers in a summer months, also has a repute for Mafia infiltration and violence.
Friday’s revisit was a pope’s latest try to strech out to a bad and a marginalized. In November, Francis paid a revisit to 7 families with group who had left a ecclesiastics to marry and have children.
On other “Mercy Friday” visits in 2016 a pope met with recuperating addicts, women who had fled harlotry and infants in a sanatorium neonatal unit.