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Pope Francis Surprises Rehab Patients With A Visit, And With Some Pizza – A Must See

Pope Francis jokes with engaged couples during a Valentine's Day celebration in St Peter's square at the Vatican on February 14, 2014. The Vatican said there were around 20,000 future brides and grooms attending from 25 countries, all of them enrolled on Catholic marriage preparation courses. The celebration was not open to same-sex couples as Francis is opposed to gay marriage, even though he has called for a more tolerant approach to homosexuals. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis recently visited a rehabilitation center in Rome on Friday. This surprises the patients who have just joked the Pope to have pizza with them.

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An unscheduled stop over the Fr. Mario Picchi Italian Center of Solidarity was made by the 79-year-old pontiff meeting 60 people were under medication and rehabilitation.

According to the article by Elise Harris on the Catholic News Agency, Pope Francis arrived in the facility with no special entourage or the like. He was accompanied by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

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“He met at length with each one of them like a loving father listening to their stories and embracing them one by one,” the center’s president, Roberto Mineo said.

The Pope said to the people that they need “not to be devoured by the ‘metastasis’ of drug$ and, embracing them, wanted to make understood how the path started in the community is a real chance” and to live “a life worth living.”

Pope Francis visits the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Rome near Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb. 26. The pope encouraged the 55 patients to trust God's mercy to keep them strong. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See MERCY-FRIDAY-REHAB Feb. 29, 2016.

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The people from the rehabilitation center sent a letter to the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin who delivered the message to the Pope.

Pope Francis accepts a slice of pizza as he visits the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Rome near Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb. 26. The pope encouraged the 55 patients to trust God's mercy to keep them strong. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See MERCY-FRIDAY-REHAB Feb. 29, 2016.

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“We never imagined that the Pope, after reading our letter, would have honored us with his presence,” Mineo said.

The Pope’s visit to the center is part of his “Mercy Friday” activity (The Pope does an act of mercy on a Friday for the whole Holy Year).

Here’s a related video about how the Pope surprised rehab patients in Rome, posted by Rome Reports.

In 2015, Pope Francis even said in a casual statement that he wanted to go to a pizzeria unnoticed ad eat his favorite comfort food.

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Sources:
Catholic News Agency
Rome Reports

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