Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Homeless folk surprised during private visit to Sistine Chapel

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Rain falls as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring) Rain falls as Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 25. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests — homeless people who live around the Vatican — were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

The 150 visitors had just reached the Sistine Chapel at about 5 p.m. March 26, when Pope Francis walked through the door.

“Welcome,” the pope said. “This is everyone’s house, this is your home. The doors are always open for all.”

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