Vatican City, May 3, 2016 / 15:48 pm
Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis.
Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome, according to a statement released Monday by the Fratello organization, a French group co-ordinating the event.
"This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet Pope Francis will give people from the most vulnerable sections of society, who are often treated as outcasts, a chance to discover that their place is in the heart of God and in the heart of the Church," the statement reads.
The Fratello organization is dedicated to organizing and hosting events with and for "people in situations of exclusion," according its website. For this event, it is collaborating with other accredited associations to help make the pilgrimage possible for these vulnerable persons.