Pope Francis to see ‘Homeless Jesus’ during U.S. visit

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August 25, 2015

"Homeless Jesus" is pictured in this July 29 photo of the seven-foot-long bronze sculpture that sits in front of a downtown Washington building occupied by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Pope Francis is expected to pass by the statue Sept. 24 during the Washington-leg of his U.S. visit. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth) See PAPALTRIP-HOMELESS-JESUS Aug. 25, 2015.

“Homeless Jesus” is pictured in this July 29 photo of the seven-foot-long bronze sculpture that sits in front of a downtown Washington building occupied by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Pope Francis is expected to pass by the statue Sept. 24 during the Washington-leg of his U.S. visit. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Pope Francis approaches the Catholic Charities building in downtown Washington during his U.S. visit in September, he will encounter a “homeless person” covered in a blanket laying on a park bench.

The scene actually is a sculpture. And it’s not a work of art depicting any homeless person; it’s the bronze image of “Homeless Jesus.”

“I hope Pope Francis blesses our ‘Homeless Jesus’ when he’s here,” said Roland Woody, a Washington resident who was homeless until earlier this year. “It’s kind of a symbol of hope for the homeless in D.C. If the pope blesses it, it will be even more special.”

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