ROME – When Peter Lombardi was identified with leukemia in 2015, his wish was to get a kiss from Pope Francis, however his household’s plans to see him on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia fell by when Peter was within the hospital.
His wish got here true March 28 when Francis noticed Peter, 12, who has Down syndrome, within the crowd of individuals and stopped the popemobile to have him lifted in. Peter not solely obtained a kiss from the pope, however a blessing, and a trip twice across the crowded sq. in the course of the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“If the pope could have just waved to him I would have been happy,” Peter’s mom, Brenda, advised CNA. Peter mentioned that he likes the pope and that getting a kiss from him made him really feel higher.
“I rode with him and he gave me a kiss and blessing,” he mentioned. He was additionally completely satisfied to have obtained a balloon animal after the expertise.
In remission since June, Peter is visiting Rome and Medjugorje for two weeks with his dad and mom, Brenda and Matt, and his three brothers, “to thank our Lord for his healing and to thank the Blessed Mother; for their faithfulness, for their love and mercy upon our family,” Brenda mentioned.
“God protected him throughout his leukemia,” she continued. “God’s mercy is so infinite and his grace through the heavy crosses are even bigger and better in the end when you put your trust in him.”
Peter initially requested for the kiss from Francis when he was sick and watching the pope on TV from the hospital. Brenda recounted how the folks from the Make-A-Wish Foundation got here into Peter’s room and requested him what he wished.
They had been actually shocked, she famous, when he mentioned, “see that man on TV, kissing all those kids? I want a kiss from him!”
While the Make-A-Wish Foundation couldn’t grant that one, his different wish will probably be granted quickly: A light-weight-saber combat with Darth Vader at Walt Disney World.