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Pope To Give Special Blessing To Some Immigrant New Yorkers In East Harlem - CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some people will get to do more than just see Pope Francis when he visits New York City later this month. They’ve been selected to receive a special blessing from the pontiff.

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, head of Catholic Charities, announced Thursday that 150 immigrant New Yorkers have been chosen for the blessings when Francis appears at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem on Sept. 25, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

“Having this be the place where he comes to not only meet the diverse community but also embrace the challenges that exist in communities like ours is really touching and humbling,” Sullivan told reporters, including CBS2’s Meg Baker.

Representatives from Catholic Charities say the pope’s actions in New York will spread the message of compassion and to help others, especially the poor.

“The fabric of New York has been made stronger because those who have been on the margins — the poorest, the most vulnerable — have been given a decent meal, provided shelter, children have been nurtured and protected,” Sullivan said.

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“My hope is that we will renew the conversation so that those who come here can be treated with dignity and respect.”

Among those to receive the pope’s blessing are children who came to the United States on their own to escape violence-torn Central American countries.

Those who have been selected for the blessings could not have been more honored.

“I feel excited to meet the pope,” said Martha Castro.

“Being a Muslim, I think that this will be a huge experience for me,” said Shehid Khan, who is from Pakistan.

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