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Pope to meet with refugees and the homeless on Sunday

Visits with children, young families and Mass on schedule

15 January, 19:02
(ANSA) - Vatican City, January 15 - Pope Francis is expected to visit the parish of Sacro Cuore di Gesu a Castro Pretorio in the Italian capital to meet with churchgoers, young refugees and the homeless on Sunday.

Located near the main train station, the parish shelters about 400 young refugees of different religions from Somalia, Eritrea, Gambia, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan, Congo, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Pakistan, Turkey and Ghana.

There, they can reside in a "home-like" atmosphere described as much different from a typical immigration detention center.

Many homeless people are also staying in the facilities, including many Italians.

Organizers there say that some later become volunteers themselves and help provide support to the poor.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at 4 PM Sunday and meet with churchgoers, children from different continents and young refugees. He will then greet the children baptized over the past year and their parents, and hear the confessions of five people before celebrating Mass.

Following that, the pope is scheduled to visit the ill and meet with religious communities living within the facilities and about 200 young people who attend the Sacro Cuore University.