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Pope Francis embraces the poor at Vatican ceremony

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:10

Pope Francis holds an audience for the poor and the homeless, telling them in unscripted remarks in his native Spanish to never give up dreaming of a better future and to forgive Christians who have turned away from the poor. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Pope Francis on Friday (November 11) joined some 6,000 of Europe's poor and homeless for a ceremony at the Vatican. The invitation, made by the pontiff as Catholics celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, was extended to people of all faiths. The initiative was not seen as a way to convert individuals but rather to show people on the margins of society that they have a position in communities. Francis took notes as he listened to speeches made by participants and addressed the gathering in his native Spanish without a pre-written speech. "Never stop dreaming. What are the dreams of a poor or a homeless person? I don't know. But dream!" the pope told the audience. He also asked the poor and the marginalized to forgive the Church for the times it had ignored their plight. "I ask you for forgiveness for all the times that Christians, when faced with a poor person or a poor situation, turn to look away. Forgive us," he said. On Saturday (November 12) a concert will be held at the Vatican, directed by Academy Award winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone. On Sunday (November 13) the Pope will hold a special mass for the homeless.

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Pope Francis embraces the poor at Vatican ceremony

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:10