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Pope to Celebrate Mass, Welcome Homeless on Pilgrimage to Rome

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Homeless people are seen in 2014 under a bridge in Berlin. Pope Francis will welcome several thousand homeless and vulnerable people from all over Europe when they make a pilgrimage to Rome in November. (CNS photo/Stephanie Pilick, EPA)
Homeless people are seen in 2014 under a bridge in Berlin. Pope Francis will welcome several thousand homeless and vulnerable people from all over Europe when they make a pilgrimage to Rome in November. (CNS photo/Stephanie Pilick, EPA)
Homeless people are seen in 2014 under a bridge in Berlin. Pope Francis will welcome several thousand homeless and vulnerable people from all over Europe when they make a pilgrimage to Rome in November. (CNS photo/Stephanie Pilick, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis will welcome several thousand homeless and vulnerable people from all over Europe when they make a pilgrimage to Rome in November. European organizations that help the homeless are invited to participate in the European Festival of Joy and Mercy, which will take place Nov. 11-13. The event organizers – the Fratello association – are inviting 6,000 homeless, vulnerable and marginalized people to take part. The pilgrimage includes an audience led by Pope Francis, a Papal Mass, the Stations of the Cross and a tour of Rome. There will be a gathering to hear people’s personal testimonies and a prayer “Vigil of Mercy” with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France. “This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet Pope Francis will give people from the most vulnerable sections of society, who are often treated as outcasts, a chance to discover that their place is in the heart of God and in the heart of the church,” the Fratello association said in a press release on May 2. Those who assist the vulnerable on a day-to-day basis are also invited to attend.