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Pope Francis visits sick children

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 01:19

Dec. 21 - Pope Francis brings Christmas cheer to sick children and their families at a hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pope Francis continued with his punishing Christmas schedule on Saturday (December 21) paying a three-hour visit to children in Rome's Bambino Gesu children's hospital. The Pope came in response to an invitation by these children, who sent drawings to the Pope for his inaugural Mass on March 19th, inviting him to come to the hospital. The Pontiff received letters from many of the children. During the course of the visit, Pope Francis received the Christmas wishes of the young patients, promising prayers for their healing and offering words of encouragement. "Dear children," said Pope Francis, "I thank you for [sharing] your dreams and your prayers [with me]," which the youngsters had written on paper and collected in a basket that they then gave him. "Thank you very much," he said, adding, "we present them together to Jesus: He knows them better than anyone - He knows what is in our heart of hearts. Especially with you children, Jesus has a special bond: He is always close to you." Francis has forsaken many of the trappings used by his predecessors. He has given up the spacious papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace for a small apartment in a guest house and is driven in a regular car instead of the papal limousine. Francis has also proven to be hugely popular because of his statements urging the Church to be closer to the poor and to be more merciful and less condemning.

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Pope Francis visits sick children

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 01:19