Pope encourages “compassionate closeness” for shrine pilgrims

Pope Francis meets with shrine rectors and those assisting them on 9 November at the Vatican for their Second International Meeting. He recommends that these “special places” be first and foremost places of prayer, with care for the sacraments and the welcoming of pilgrims. He encourages them to offer consolation to shrine visitors carrying burdens and problems through a “compassionate closeness.”

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