Transcript for Pope Francis Celebrates Family Weekend With Special Mass
Switching gears now, this morning at vatican, a fresh example of how pope francis is trying to set a new tone. There he is. There are regular people nearby and he's mingling with them as well. All part of family weekend which the pope is celebrating with families from around the world. And abc's gio benitez is on the story. Reporter: Good morning. It's a massive encounter with the pope. Coming from five continuecontinents. This morning, the pope is once again breaking from tradition. This time, at an annual event for families, where 150,000 families from 70 countries joined the pope in rome to profess their faith. Now, for the first time hundreds of children and elderly people are standing side by side with the pope, instead of in the audience and emphasizing the importance of different generations. The pope saying saturday, every family is part of the history of a people, it cannot exist without the generations who have gone before it. In the united states we are so isolated as families. He wants to tell us that old people and young people can live together, support one another, be there for one another. Reporter: The families are on pilgrimage to st. Peter's, too. Certainly we see them coming out in the hundreds of thousands to listen to him, to be with him, to share their stories with him. To be inspired. Reporter: The pope also telling the families the lord knows our struggles and the burdens we have in our lives but he also know our great desire to find joy and rest. The vatican city wants to be known as the capital of the family the pope says he'll close out the event blessing all families around the world. What an event. Quite an event. There was a report out this morning saying tourism in rome has actually gone up since this pope arrived. Amazing. Great to see you, gio. Time now for a check of a
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