Pope Francis makes ‘unexpected’ personal visit to retirement home
On Friday, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a nursing home for the elderly and disabled as part of his private ritual bearing witness of the real signs of Mercy.
This unexpected visit took everyone by surprise and made us all understand how important Pope Francis’s words are against throwaway culture and the great value elderly people and grandparents possess in the Church and in society,” the twitter account of the Jubilee of Mercy’s official website announced yesterday.
The stop over at the Bruno Buozzi Retirement Home and Casa Iride in Rome was posted on the Jubilee site, with the hashtag #MercyFriday by the commission organizing the Year of Mercy.
“Pope Francis has passed through the door of a retirement home in a Roman urban periphery.
The pope went together with Msgr Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation.He is the first President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation .He is also in charge of the jubilee organizing committee.
Before now,the Vatican had declared that one Friday each month throughout the Holy Year of mercy, the Holy Father would privately carry out a work of mercy.To this effect,the Vatican choose to keep this January visit private that even the inhabitants of the homes were completely unexpected of the Pope’s visit according to a statement by the Vatican press office.
Pope Francis has constantly stressed the importance of the elderly and particularly the significance of grandparents in the Church and in the society.
The Vatican described the atmosphere at the retirement home as one of “great surprise and joy" as the Pope greeted each resident and stopped to speak to them, one by one.
Casa Iride home located on the outskirts of Rome is the only non-hospital Center in Europe that houses 7 people in a vegetative state and a member of their family taking care of them.