Six months after papal visit, Francis-inspired good works continue in Philly region

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Sister Mary Scullion says the effects of Pope Francis' September visit to Philadelphia are still making  difference in the lives of the region's poor. (AP file photo)

Sister Mary Scullion says the effects of Pope Francis' September visit to Philadelphia are still making difference in the lives of the region's poor. (AP file photo)

The papal visit to Philadelphia was six months ago, but the good works inspired by Pope Francis are continuing. 

Sister Mary Scullion, head of the Francis Fund effort to collect money for Philadelphia-area poor, said the money is still being distributed to help those in need.

“We’re so incredibly excited about the impact of Pope Francis’ visit,” she said. “Right now with the Francis Fund … there’s another house that has been opened for women who have been trafficked in Camden.  They’ve built an addition to St. Joseph’s Shelter for a health center.”

Later this year,  the Francis House of Peace will open its doors. And the material that was entwined in the interactive Knotted Grotto sculptural installation will be preserved as part of that structure.

The Francis House of Peace will offer affordable supportive housing to those with special needs and the community at large.

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