POPE FRANCIS PAYS FOR TRIP TO TURIN FOR 50 HOMELESS
Pope Francis has paid for 50 homeless people to make a bus trip from Rome to Turin to see the celebrated Shroud of Turin. They arrive this evening, June 3, and will be welcomed by the Maria Adelaide and Cottolengo hospitals. The homeless frequent the soup kitchen run by the Santa Lucia parish in Rome and were accompanied on their trip by the pastor, Fr. Antonio Nicolai and assistant pastor, Fr. Pablo Castiglia.
The generous offer was made through the good offices of the papal almoner, Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski who also gave each of the pilgrims some spending money, calling it “a caress from the Pope.”
The travelers will be welcomed in Turin by Fr. Arco Brunetti, director of the diocesan health pastoral ministry, and by Sisters Giuseppina Fornoni and Gabriella Denti, responsible for two of the structures for pilgrims that were prepared for the period of the exposition of the Shroud, as well as volunteers.
Tomorrow Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin will accompany 40 homeless from the city to see the Shroud. This was arranged by the diocesan ministry for the homeless and the diocesan Caritas.