Imagine your surprise if your doorbell rang only to find Pope Francis at your door? So you can imagine the surprised faces of the families living in the public housing complex outside of Rome when the Pope decided to spend last Friday visiting residents in that area.
Continuing the “Mercy Friday” visits he began during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis chose a public housing complex in Ostia, last Friday, to spend an afternoon going door to door to bless homes. The pastor of the local Stella Maris parish, put up signs earlier in the week announcing a priest would be visiting the neighborhood to bless houses, signs which are common in Italy before and after Easter.
The Pope joking apologized to residents for disturbing them, however he reassured them that he had respected the hour of silence for a nap after lunch in accordance with the sign posted at the entrance to the building. With great simplicity, the Pope interacted with the families, blessed a dozen apartments” and left rosaries for the residents.
The Pope is continuing his “Mercy Friday”, an activity which he begun during the 2015-2016 Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. And although the Year of Mercy ended in last November, the pope started making Mercy Friday visits again back in March when he visited a home and educational center for the blind and visually impaired.
Now here in Canada, local media is reporting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the Residential School Abuse scandal during his one-on-one meeting with the Pope when he visits the Vatican at the end of the month.