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Published on Dec 14, 2013
A benediction for a multifaceted family, a family composed of the most needy. The blessing was given this morning by Pope Francis, who visited the autonomous Pediatric Dispensary Santa Marta in the Vatican. Later, in the Paul VI Hall, he met with the personnel and volunteers who each day provide meals and assistance to the most needy. The Dispensary was founded in 1922 by order of Pope Pius XI. Right now there are 270 families welcomed by the institution. In 2013, there were more than 3500 visits to the Dispensary by doctors and medical practitioners, all volunteers. The Dispensary welcomes families from all over the world and from every religion; the majority of the families coming from Latin America ...