Pictured right: Pope Francis greets members of the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples after the General Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 30
Pictured right: Newly ordained priests lie prostrate as Pope Francis leads a Mass in St. Peter Basilica at the Vatican, April 22
Pictured right: Pope Francis confesses during the celebration of the sacrament of penance in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 9, 2018.
Pictured Right: Pope Francis receives a bicycle painted in the colors of the Vatican flag from cycling world champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia at the end of the General Audience at the Vatican, Jan. 24, 2018.
Pictured right: Pope Francis arrives with Myanmaris State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for a meeting with members of the civil society and diplomatic corps in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Nov. 28, 2017.
Mercy Friday visit to neuro-rehab center in Rome
Pope Francis continued his custom of “mercy Friday” encounters by visiting the Santa Lucia Foundation rehabilitation center in Rome on Sept. 22. During the surprise outing, he visited with children who are suffering from neurological illnesses, as well as with young adult and older patients with spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Begun during the Year of Mercy in 2016, the visits continue on the pope’s schedule to allow him to keep practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.