Monday, October 28, 2013

"Let the children come to me" - A Child with Pope Francis (*Updated: October 29*)

In late September Irish journalist Gerald O'Connell made the following beautiful observation on Twitter as he watched the pope greet the marginalized in Sardinia:
The pages of the gospel came alive again yesterday during an address Pope Francis gave to families.  I don't know all the specifics, but apparently a little boy (pictured above) ran up on stage to Pope Francis and started playing, as little boys are want to do.  Pope Francis simply embraced the boy and allowed him to play while he continued speaking.  To see the pictures is to see Luke 18:16 in action:
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God."
The pictures are moving, so I've embedded some of my favourites below from the Facebook page.  *Update #1*: There's now a video on Rome Reports that summarizes the purpose of the event, at the end of which reference is made to the little boy.  The video is below.

*Update #2*: Buzzfeed has a page that contains even more pictures and gifs of the little boy.  Click here.

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