Rome Newsroom, May 21, 2021 / 08:30 am
Pope Francis on Friday encouraged members of a homeless advocacy organization to be “witnesses of God’s mercy and goodness.”
Speaking to the Association Lazare May 21, Pope Francis praised the group on 10 years of work and expansion into other countries.
The French organization, known in English as the Lazarus Association, seeks to combat homelessness by providing the unhoused not only with shelter, but also friendship, support, and community.
“Having received so much good and so much attention from others, you, in turn, become men and women capable of relieving, consoling, soothing wounds, and making God present in the hearts of your lives,” said Pope Francis in an address given to those present for the audience and distributed in Italian, French, and Spanish.