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Christmas Spirit: Pope Francis visits Hospital in Rome

Christmas Spirit: Pope Francis visits Hospital in Rome



Pope Francis spends time the children, doctors and parents at Rome’s Bambino Gesu children’s hospital.


For over two-and-a-half on December 21, 2013, Pope Francis visited sick children, their parents and doctors at Rome's Bambino Gesu children's hospital.

The visit included over 3,000 children, parents and hospital staff, who shared ptheir prayers with and received hugs and blessings from Pope Francis. Pope Francis visited dozens of rooms throughout the hospital offering sick children his blessings. The day concluded with a basket full of notes from the children containing descriptions of their prayers.

Cindy Wooden, of Catholic News Service, features a memorable moment as well as a quote from Pope Francis on this special day:

"Thank you," the pope told the children. "We will present them together to Jesus. He knows them better than anyone; he knows what is in the depths of your hearts. Especially with you children, Jesus has a special bond," the pope said. "He is very close to you."

Just outside the chapel, he blessed and held hands tightly with members of the "Children in Heaven" parents' support group.

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