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Pope Surprises Bicycle Pilgrims With a Personal Greeting

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Pope Surprises Bicycle Pilgrims With a Personal Greeting

A surprise meeting on Tuesday morning in the Vatican made the day for a group of young pilgrims from northern Italy who cycled to Rome in pilgrimage for this Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis himself stepped out of his Vatican residence at Casa Santa Marta and into the square in front of the building to greet the young “€˜pilgrim cyclists”€™ and to bestow his blessing upon them and “€˜don Andrea”€™, the priest who has accompanied them on their pilgrimage.

The young people have travelled on bicycle down the backbone of Italy from two parishes that are part of the Milan diocese. They intend to resume their pilgrimage with a torchlight procession “€˜on wheels”€™.

“€œNow that we have received Pope Francis”€™ apostolic blessing we shall set off with extra joy”€ a member of the group said.


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