Pope Francis appreciated a group of elderly persons and the “grandparents of Rome” who distributed copies of Luke’s Gospel at the Vatican. “How deserving grandfathers and grandmothers who transmit the faith to their grandchildren!”, the Pope said while he introduced the elderly men and women who were brought there by the volunteers of the Vatican’s Santa Marta pediatric dispensary.
The Pope asked the gathering to read the Gospel everyday so that “the mercy of the Father may dwell in your heart, and you may bring it to everyone you meet. I invite you to take this Gospel, because the mercy of the Father is done works in you.”
It had now become a custom for Pope Francis to call on volunteers from a particular group to distribute copies of the Gospel during Lent. On 5th Sunady of Lent, the Pope had a group of homeless people to distribute the Gospels.