Pope Francis made a rare Sunday outing from Vatican grounds to celebrate a mass on “divine mercy” with prisoners, refugees and health workers.
The service was held in a church just off St Peter’s Square, in front of a reduced congregation of about 80 people, due to coronavirus restrictions.
Among them, there were inmates of two Roman prisons and one youth detention centre; refugees from Syria, Nigeria and Egypt; and nursing staff from a nearby hospital.
In his homily, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics stressed the importance for Christians of serving others.
“Sister, brother, do you want proof that God has touched your life? See if you can stoop to bind the wounds of others,” he said.