Francis to Visit Rome's Agostino Gemelli Hospital This Friday

Visit Marks the Occasions of Feast of Sacred Heart and 90th Catholic University Day

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Pope Francis will visit Rome’s Gemelli Hospital this Friday, June 27, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

The visit marks the hospital’s 50th annivesary.

Serving as both a medical school for the Milan-based Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and as the hospital for the Pope, Gemelli hospital may be best known for the care it took of Pope John Paul II, who was hospitalized there roughly 10 times.

Expected to arrive at 3:30 p.m., Francis will visit the hospital facilities, meet with the patients of a department of the hospital, and celebrate Mass in the square outside the facility.

At 4:45 p.m., Pope Francis is scheduled to make a brief stop at the Church of the Sacred Heart, where he will make an offering of the relics of Saints John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, canonized together on 27 April.

The 77-year-old Francis will be the fifth pontiff to visit the hospital. (D.C.L.)

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