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Published on Jan 8, 2014
Almost three hours of hugs, handshakes, and smiles characterized Pope Francis' visit to "Bambino Gesù", the Holy See's pediatric hospital on the Janiculum Hill. A sharing in the sorrow of a Cross, often difficult to bear for the mothers and fathers who have awaited the Pope's greeting with joy. Pope Francis' visit alternated between private visits in intensive care and public events: he visited five departments, stopped in the hallways to greet the staff, blessed an ambulance, and then went to the hospital chapel, accompanied by some of the sick children. There, a little before the Pope's greeting, the children presented him with a basket full of cards. "Dear children," the Pope said, "I thank you for ...