Pope Francis greets Argentines on Saint Cayetano feast day
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Pope Francis is asking fellow Argentines to reach out to the poorest, not only through charity but by showing them compassion and affection.
The Pope's prerecorded message was broadcast early on Wednesday as thousands lined up to offer prayers for the feast day of Saint Cayetano, the patron of jobs and unemployed people.
"Today's slogan is: Reach out after the neediest, those who need us to give them a hand, and look at them affectionately. Share their pain, their anxieties, and their problems," the Pope said.
Pilgrims have been camping for days outside the San Cayetano sanctuary, braving the Southern Hemisphere winter to thank the saint for helping them keep a job or to pray for a new one.