Pope Francis makes surprise visits to a hospital and a hospice in Rome, visiting terminally ill patients and new-born babies and their parents. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Pope visits new-born babies and terminally ill patients
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STORY: Pope Francis on Friday (September 16) surprised young patients and their parents at a Rome hospital and a hospice with impromptu visits.
The pope donned protective clothing over his white vestments as he visited the neonatal unit of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital.
Still photos released by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano showed the pope stopping by incubators and hospital beds to visit new-born babies, holding a small baby and talking to the new mothers and fathers.
According to the Vatican the pope visited a total of twelve new-born babies, five of whom are in serious conditions and being treated in the intensive care unit.
Later on Friday Francis visited some 30 terminally ill patients at the Villa Speranza Hospice. He could be seen warmly embracing two young patients at the hospice, whose name in English means ‘hope’.
The visits were part of the “Friday of Mercy” activities Francis carries out during the Church’s Holy Year, the Vatican said.
In a statement the Vatican said the pope wanted to send a strong signal about the importance of life from its first instants to its natural end with his visits.