August 25, 2014

Positivity: Pope gets warm welcome from children with disabilities

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seoul:

Aug 16, 2014 / 09:28 pm

Pope Francis visited the House of Hope rehabilitation center for children with disabilities in South Korea on Aug. 15 where he was welcomed in a festive and joyful environment.

The Pope arrived Kkottongnae, known as the “City of Flowers,” in the early evening and was received by thousands of people in the streets chanting “Viva el Papa, Viva Cristo” and adorned by South Korean and Vatican flags.

After greeting the people in the streets, the pontiff was received by two religious sisters and a religious brother who are in charge of the House of Hope. The Pope was taken around and shown the rehabilitation center which serves children with severe disabilities.

Part of the tour included a small chapel where Pope Francis stopped and prayed with several religious and three young people with disabilities. Upon leaving the chapel, he affectionately blessed the young people and then moved on to a large room where he was warmly greeted by 50 people with disabilities and several religious.

A child in a wheelchair presented Pope Francis with a bouquet of flowers which the Pope then carried and placed at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

As the Pope walked around, greeted and blessed each person affectionately, he was given by another child a wreath of violet flowers which he wore around his neck as he circled the room. …

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