The Pope expects more fitness and better performance from the city.

Rome must improve basic services provided to its residents and visitors before the Holy Year of 2025, when tens of millions of pilgrims may arrive. Pope Francis spoke about this on Sunday during the traditional end-of-year Thanksgiving feast held six hours before the start of the new year

“Isn’t everyone working in their own way to make the city a symbol of hope for all who live here and those who make pilgrimages here?” the pope asked in his homily in St. Peter's Basilica Reuters According to the first rows of the cathedral, also sitting there was the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, who received a lot of criticism for the poor performance of public transportation and insufficient garbage collection.

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According to the Pope, the city must become more user-friendly for the elderly and those with limited mobility, and it also needs to have “suitability and normal operation,” “because only a city that is livable for its inhabitants can be attractive to all.” last”.

In Rome, the next Holy Year will be held in 2025, when crowds of pilgrims will visit the city to pray at holy sites and sometimes receive special blessings.