Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pope Francis invited to Downtown Eastside

Interfaith group signed and mailed letter
Volunteers hand out sandwiches to Downtown Eastside residents. Pope Francis has received
an invitation to visit the area. (Photo: Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic)
Members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and native communities have co-written a letter asking Pope Francis to visit Vancouver's poorest neighbourhood.
"Vancouver is one of the world's most beautiful cities with much wealth - yet its urban core has large, growing numbers of people who are homeless and who have mental disabilities," writes the Feb. 19 letter.

"Your presence and message will bring a spotlight internationally to those concerns."
They have not yet received a response from the Vatican. Read the full letter here.

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