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August 20, 2015

Visits by Pope Francis and Dalai Lama inspire day of kindness

The date is Oct. 27 and coincides with Philadelphia's 333rd birthday

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Kindness File Art /for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia will celebrate its inaugural Day of Kindness on October 27.

Halloween may be a time of mischief, but in Philadelphia, the holiday of trickery will come on the heels of a day devoted to kindness.

On Oct. 27, Philadelphia will celebrate A Day of Kindness inspired by the upcoming visits by Pope Francis on Sept. 26-27 and the Dalai Lama on Oct. 26-27.

"The visits of these two global icons will be the inspiration for a 30-day period of programs and activities dedicated to bringing more kindness into our communities," the website reads.

Pope Francis, left, kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

The day's events will include an art installation called "Love and Kindness in the Wind," which will consist of thousands of handcrafted flags made by people throughout the city carrying messages of hope, peace, love and kindness.

The Dalai Lama, right, places his hand on a man's head as he arrives in Sydney, Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Tibetan spiritual leader is visiting Australia for the 10th time. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

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