This afternoon, November 16, Pope Francis visited the health clinic for the poor set up in St. Peter’s Square. The health clinic has been set up in the lead-up to this Sunday’s World Day of the Poor, reported Vatican Insider.
Set up on November 12 and in service until November 18, the date of the World Day of the Poor, the health clinic in St. Peter’s Square has already attended more than 200 people, according to the website. This clinic offers free medical examinations and analyses for the people most in need.
Around 4:15 today, the clinic received an unexpected visitor: the Supreme Pontiff. He visited the various structures, and exchanged a few words and shook hands with people in line. A rosary was given to all present.
This visit lasted about 20 minutes, before the pope returned on foot to his Saint Martha residence.
Tthe Successor of Peter was accompanied by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. This dicastery is responsible for managing the Vatican’s initiatives for the World Day of the Poor.
Sunday, November 18, the Bishop of Rome will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, in the presence of 6,000 poor people and volunteers committed to working with them. Then, he will have lunch with 3,000 poor people in Paul VI Hall, transformed into a huge cafeteria for the occasion.