Pope embraces 25 homeless visitors

At weekly audience in St. Peter's, Francis greets French

(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 18 - Pope Francis embraced 25 homeless people who travelled from Marseille to the Vatican for the pontiff's weekly general audience on Wednesday.
    The group, reportedly from different religions and cultures, travelled to Italy to meet Francis and "send a message of hope," reported l'Osservatore Romano.
    The pilgrimage was promoted by the archbishop of Marseille, Msgr Georges Pontier, who is also president of the French Bishops' Conference. "We are here with great conviction to bear witness to the fact that we are all brothers and we all share the same dignity because there are no differences between the people," said Kadri, one of the homeless in the group.
    "And this fraternity is precisely the objective that all should pursue, beginning with those who are homeless and without work," he added.