Pope Francis Stops Car to Bless Disabled Boy in Philadelphia


After arriving in Philadelphia Saturday morning, Pope Francis kissed and blessed a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who was in the crowd with his family.

Francis had the car driving him stop so he could meet Michael Keating, The Associated Press reported. Michael was diagnosed with CP when he was 6 months old. He also has an intellectual disability.

Francis also met Michael’s parents, Kristin and Chuck Keating.

I had to turn away,” Chuck Keating told The Washington Post. “It was just so overwhelming.”

When the pope took his hand off him, [Michael] had a bit of a smile on his face,” Kristin Keating told the AP. “To me, in that moment, he must have felt that blessing…  For us, it was beautiful. For us, it meant something.”


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