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Pope Francis paying a surprise visit to the walk-in clinic in 2018 Pope Francis paying a surprise visit to the walk-in clinic in 2018  

World Day of the Poor: Clinic open for Rome’s poor

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization releases a press statement ahead of the 3rd World Day of the Poor, marked on the 17th of November.

By Francesca Merlo

The statement says there will be a temporary walk-in-clinic in St Peter’s Square, just as there was last year. The clinic aims to offer medical attention to those most in need and will be open from 8am-10pm every day, offering free medical examinations to the poor.

Last year over 3,500 people were tended to by doctors and nurses. The clinic will open on Sunday the 10th of November and will remain so until Sunday the 17th.

In addition, Pope Francis will preside over Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on that same Sunday. Afterwards, he will have lunch in the Paul VI hall with over 1,500 poor people from Rome and throughout the Lazio region. 

08 November 2019, 15:31