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Sick baby was Pope Francis' most distinguished guest at closing mass of the World Youth Day in Rio



One of the most distinctive figures present at the concluding mass of the WYD in Rio was a sick tiny baby that was attending the celebrations at the Holy Father’s request. The little girl suffers from anencephaly, a condition which means she was born without a large part of her brain. Most children affected by anencephaly do not survive this condition or are aborted before the pregnancy comes to term. Her parents presented her to Pope Francis as he was leaving Rio’s Saint Sebastian Cathedral following Saturday’s mass with priests and religious. The couple said that though they could have legally aborted their sick child, they decided to celebrate her life. The director of the Vatican Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, on Saturday told Vatican Radio that Pope Francis had personally requested the presence of that sick child during Sunday’s closing mass. Fr. Lombardi said, “the Pope will welcome this very tiny girl during the Offertory procession of the final Mass for World Youth Day as a sign of welcome and of offering of life to God.”




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