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A volunteer explains to the Pope how she helps the sick visit Holy Land

2014-02-09

Her name is Ana Palacios and she came to the weekly general audience all the way from the Holy Land.

She's a member of the Hospitalidad Jesus de Nazaret, or 'Hospitality of Jesus of Nazaret.' This Catholic association helps the sick or people with dissabilities so that they may visit the Holy Land.

ANA PALACIOS
Volunteer, Hospitalidad Jesús de Nazaret
"I came here because I wanted to introduce it to the Pope. We make a visit to the Holy Land accesible, so it's open to everyone.”

At the end of the audience, she was still excited about her visit to Saint Peter's. In fact, she met the Pope after the general audience and also gave him a very special gift.


ANA PALACIOS
Volunteer, Hospitalidad Jesús de Nazaret
"It's a short summary of the history of the association. As I didn't have a lot of time, I thought it would be the best way for him to understand what our association is about, plain and simple.” 

Even though  helping people visit the Holy Land sometimes means leaving family and friends behind, she says it's well worth it.

ANA PALACIOS
Volunteer, Hospitalidad Jesús de Nazaret
"There are a lot of people supporting us. In a way, all my family are members, because they quietly cope with the absence of a mother, a granmother, a friend or even a daughter. So they were all symbolically present here with the Pope as well.”

And even though Ana hasn't returned to her native Spain just yet, she says that today she felt "at home” in St. Peter's Square.


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