Pope Francis Pauses for a Moving Moment in Philly as He Blesses a 10-Year-Old Disabled Boy Shortly After Arriving
As the pope heads into the final days of his U.S. tour, he continues to embrace others
As Pope Francis heads into the final days of his U.S. tour, his moving moments continue, and his stop in Philadelphia was no different.
Shortly after arriving in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, the pontiff paused to bless a 10-year-old disabled boy along the barricades.
The image, captured by the World Meeting of Families, shows the pope kissing the forehead of Michael Keating, from Pennsylvania.
Francis also blessed him, his family and two nuns, according to ABC News, and first saw the boy as his motorcade rode from Philadelphia International Airport.
Since arriving in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the pope has shared one-on-one moments with many people – not just politicians and religious leaders, but people like 88-year-old disabled nun Sister Noel.
Noel’s request to meet with him recently, and successfully, went viral on social media.
“I was on cloud nine,” she told PEOPLE of the actual moment she met the pope. “The next day, today, I am still on cloud nine, grateful and blessed!”
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The World Meeting of Families, a Catholic conference, will host the pope tonight during the Festival of Families, a free public event expected to draw more than 1 million people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event will also be streamed for free on TIDAL on Saturday.
Francis’ American trip, which ends Sunday night, has so far been marked by candid addresses on climate change and the importance of accepting differences in the pursuit of peace.
He also spoke emotionally at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City on Friday.