Pope begins parish visit at amusement park

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May 4, 2015

Pope Francis addresses parishioners in the gym of Queen of Peace Parish in Ostia on the outskirts of Rome May 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-OSTIA May 4, 2015.

Pope Francis addresses parishioners in the gym of Queen of Peace Parish in Ostia on the outskirts of Rome May 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — Before celebrating Mass in a parish in Ostia, Rome’s seaside community, Pope Francis stopped to see two Little Sisters of Jesus who live in a trailer at an amusement park, sharing their lives and faith with the carnival workers.

The Vatican provided no more details of the visit to “Luna Park di Ostia,” but the fact that the carnival grounds are near the parish came up during his conversation with the children and youths of Ostia’s Mary, Queen of Peace parish.

Asked where joy comes from, Pope Francis told the young people, “It can’t be bought at the market” and “you don’t get it because you won a game at Luna Park. No. Joy is a gift” and is something people should pray for.

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