Inspired by Pope Francis, 360 volunteers minister to homeless people

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The Rev. Jon Schnobrich listens to George Spellman talk about his faith in God. Spellman says that even though cancer threatens to take his life, it can’t take his soul. While Pope Francis delighted hundreds of thousands with his appearances at Independence Hall and on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2015, a band of 360 volunteers bypassed the crowds and went in search of people like Spellman -- down and out and living on the streets. Religion News Service photo by Alex Jacobi

The Rev. Jon Schnobrich listens to George Spellman talk about his faith in God. Spellman says that even though cancer threatens to take his life, it can’t take his soul. While Pope Francis delighted hundreds of thousands with his appearances at Independence Hall and on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2015, a band of 360 volunteers bypassed the crowds and went in search of people like Spellman -- down and out and living on the streets. Religion News Service photo by Alex Jacobi

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Bands of volunteers came here not to see Pope Francis, but to minister to the homeless.