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Pope Francis Takes Up “Fridays of Mercy” Again, Visiting an Institute for the Blind

The Sant’Alessio – Margherita di Savoia Center for the Blind

Pope Francis has taken up again the “Fridays of Mercy” visits, going to the Sant’Alessio-Margherita di Savoia Center for the blind, reported the Holy See Press Office in a press release, specifying that the institute, initially called “Cristobal Colon” [Christopher Columbus] carries out activities to help the blind or those with impaired vision.

This type of monthly visit began with last year’s Jubilee of Mercy, in which the Pontiff carries out, privately, works of spiritual and corporal mercy to those living in situations of physical or social exclusion.

During this afternoon’s visit, the Holy Father will meet with the guests of the establishment, including blind people, and those with impaired visit.

Among them are 50 children who go to this center to receive special formation in daily activities, and 37 elderly and adult permanent residents.

Upon his arrival, the Pontiff was received by the authorities of the center, one of whom had became blind over time, and by the medical staff and the volunteers in service.

The Pope will give a gift to the institute and sign the parchment for the center’s chapel, in memory of this meeting.

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 5 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': or

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