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Pope Francis Begins 2nd Day in Morocco With Private Visit to Social Services Center, Visiting Sick Children

150 Sick Children Welcome Francis

Pope Francis has kicked off his second day in Morocco with a private visit to the “Center Rural des Services Sociaux” (Rural Center of Social Services) in the town of Témara.

The Holy Father at 9:30 am local time, left from the Apostolic Nunciature by car to go toward  the center managed by the Daughters of Charity, which offers various social services thanks to the sisters and numerous volunteers.

Upon his arrival, four sisters who work in the center and two children who offered him flowers, welcomed the Holy Father.

As Pope Francis went to greet the sick children, a choir of 150 children sang a song.

Before leaving the center, Pope Francis greeted the sisters, volunteers and parents of the children.

Francis then left by car to go to  the Cathedral of Rabat for the meeting with clergy and male and female religious, and the World Council of Churches.

ZENIT’s Director of the French Edition, Anita Bourdin, is following the trip to Morocco from the Papal Flight.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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