Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

Neonatal unit infants, and a hospice for the terminally ill received visits from Pope Francis last Friday, where he stressed the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

The visits are the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an elderly home, a drug and alcohol rehab center, and a facility for retired priests.

In this month’s visit, Pope first visited the San Giovanni hospital, stopping at both the emergency room and the neonatal unit. Currently there are 12 babies with various conditions in the unit. Five of them – including one set of twins – are in very serious condition in the ICU. Read more

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