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Rhode Island parents moved to tears after Pope Francis kisses their disabled son, 8,
DM ^ | 4/2/13 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 04/02/2013 1:42:08 PM PDT by envisio

A Rhode Island couple has revealed how they were moved to tears when Pope Francis kissed their disabled eight-year-old son in front of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday. Paul and Christina Gondreau of Johnston and their five children, including son Dominic who suffers from cerebral palsy, attended Easter Mass at the Vatican. An usher directed Dominic and his mother to an area designated for handicapped children, said Paul Gondreau, a theology professor at Providence College who is teaching this semester in Rome. When the pope's vehicle arrived, the usher motioned to the driver to stop and with the help of the mother, held the boy up to Pope Francis, who took the boy in his arms and kissed him.

'It was really moving... There was not a dry eye,' his mother Christiana told CNN. 'Dominic is a people person but I think he understood that was exceptionally special. 'I think you can see that in the pictures and video because he broke out in a huge smile and wrapped his arm around the pope, which was very moving as a mother... It was a beautiful moment.'

Her husband Paul called the experience 'an incredibly moving encounter' in an article online. At first, he was not aware that his son was being embraced by the pope until one of his other children, Lucas, screamed, 'It's Dominic!' Only when Lucas said, 'The pope is holding Dominic', did his father look at the giant video screen and see the two embracing. 'I was speechless, and I was moved to tears, along with Lucas,' Mr Gondreau said.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion
KEYWORDS: disability; pope; popefrancis
Pictures fro DailyMail are not allowed so go to the link and look. It is a touching story about a great family. Husband was in Rome teaching Theology.
1 posted on 04/02/2013 1:42:08 PM PDT by envisio
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To: envisio

My eyes filled up when I saw the photo Easter Sunday. How wonderful a simple kindness can be..and even more so by our Pope.


2 posted on 04/02/2013 1:46:41 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SueRae

As far as encounters go....

What are the odds of meeting your favorite movie star? shaking his hand?
What are the odds of meeting the President of the United States? (whether you like him or not) shaking his hand?

All that pales in comparrison to being kissed by the Pope.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 1:51:15 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: envisio

Sure looks like faith, hope, and love.


4 posted on 04/02/2013 1:52:51 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: envisio

Wouldn’t it be great if th child were cured.

I am sure there would still be some doubters, but we need a sign, and that would be a good one.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 1:54:57 PM PDT by Venturer
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I was wondering....

...and I am not being funny or mocking...

But how is this child perceived now? I mean, is this the ‘ultimate blessing’ apart from being touched by the hand of God Himself?

Would people consider this child ‘special’ now and want to touch him? Really, I am not being sarcastic.


6 posted on 04/02/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Venturer

My daughter sent me that YouTube clip. Dominick’s mother, Christiana, was a high school classmate of my daughter. They went to Lincoln High School in Buenos Aires. Christiana has a twin sister. I emailed my daughter back, telling her that my screen got very blurry; she said hers did as well.


7 posted on 04/02/2013 2:01:02 PM PDT by Ax
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To: envisio

No.

And no offense taken.


8 posted on 04/02/2013 2:04:02 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Venturer; Mrs. Don-o
Wouldn’t it be great if the child were cured.

I said to a friend a week ago, "I would not be at all surprised to see a miracle one of these days when Pope Francis blesses the sick in the square outside St. Peter's."

9 posted on 04/02/2013 2:04:10 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: envisio

He’s just a man, not God. I might say he himself would not like the kind of attention and big deal people are making over him.


10 posted on 04/02/2013 2:11:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: envisio
Would people consider this child ‘special’ now and want to touch him? Really, I am not being sarcastic.

Wasn't thinking sarcasm. Was thinking dolt or clod or just plain axx.

11 posted on 04/02/2013 2:42:12 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
He’s just a man, not God. I might say he himself would not like the kind of attention and big deal people are making over him.

But, then, you know nothing about being Pope, correct?

12 posted on 04/02/2013 2:44:24 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: envisio
'I was speechless, and I was moved to tears, along with Lucas,' Mr Gondreau said.

...what an incredible moment for the Father

13 posted on 04/02/2013 2:44:55 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: envisio

No, Catholics would not look upon this boy as now having had any special attributes resulting from the encounter with the pope. That would not fit into our belief system.

Why the story of this embrace is significant, I think, is that it highlights our new pope’s gracious way of reaching out to people on a very real human level.


14 posted on 04/02/2013 3:16:14 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: envisio
Would people consider this child ‘special’ now and want to touch him? Really, I am not being sarcastic.

Some people might, but it would be solely a personality trait of theirs and not have anything to do with being a Catholic or Catholic teaching, as seems to be implied by your post.

15 posted on 04/02/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Louis Foxwell

You don’t comprehend what you supposedly read, very well.


16 posted on 04/02/2013 4:26:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Then you do know how to be pope.


17 posted on 04/02/2013 5:42:25 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

you clearly cannot read. i sure hope you get help. sesame street is still on the big tubey tube thingy in your living room. get a grownup to turn it on for you.


18 posted on 04/02/2013 6:26:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Try explaining your obvious bigotry. It will be more appropriate than trying to insult me. Either that or put some teeth in your insults.


19 posted on 04/02/2013 6:56:00 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

you are a moron. everything i said was true. what did i say that wasn’ t true? point it out for me einstein.


20 posted on 04/02/2013 6:59:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Pope Francis is showing his humbleness and his persona to be a people oriented leader of the church by all these acts of kindness. It’s a persona that he has. I wouldn’t call it attention but grace.


21 posted on 04/02/2013 8:50:57 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

I am sorry to say, you can’t read either. At least not without your filters making you infer things I didn’t write.

I wasn’t making a statement about him, if you read my comments. I was making a statement about everyone else reacting to him. If you read my statement, you’ll see that I agree with your characterization of him.


22 posted on 04/02/2013 9:22:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

moron and einstein in the same slander. Wonderful. Which shall I choose?
You were not stating truths. You were expressing a benighted opinion.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 7:04:10 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: envisio
The child was already extra-special, which is why God chose him for the blessing in the first place. Think about it this way: The story has gone viral and if one person finds faith because of it, then Pope Francis will have fulfilled his mission for the day.

Although Pope Francis may not have known this at the time, his selection of this particular child was no accident: The child's father is a a popular and revered professor of theology at Providence College, which is the only college in the United States that is run by the Dominican Order and indeed, a significant number of the administration and faculty at Providence College are Dominican Friars and Sisters. Several members of every graduating class are called to God and accept the vocation and become Dominican priests. And it is no coincidence that the young boy who Pope Francis blessed in named “Dominic.” Perhaps a few students at Providence College will find life-changing inspiration from this particular experience to dedicate their lives to sharing their faith and spreading the word of God.

24 posted on 04/03/2013 9:08:10 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Louis Foxwell

Okay, you can’t read or comprehend what you read, I will spell it out for you.

1. “He is not God.” That is truth. Given what we know of him and how he has lived, he himself would totally agree.

2. “I might say he himself would not like the kind of attention and big deal people are making over him.” Again given his apparent simple life and modesty, there’s no indication he would want people treating him like God, fawning over him like a rock star, or mega-celebrity, etc. Not when people are all fixated on him instead of Jesus Christ.


25 posted on 04/03/2013 10:07:44 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
You are tilting at windmills. No one believes the Pope is God. As to his notoriety he refused consideration as Pope in the last selection. This time he acceded knowing that it precisely and specifically generates enormous attention and makes him a “big deal”.

His humility is apart from his role as the leader of the largest institution in the world. He may bring a personal attitude of humility to the role but he is not so deluded as to believe his every breath is not a very big deal. He has deliberately and willfully taken this on as his personal shibboleth.

26 posted on 04/03/2013 3:01:43 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
You are tilting at windmills. No one believes the Pope is God. As to his notoriety he refused consideration as Pope in the last selection. This time he acceded knowing that it precisely and specifically generates enormous attention and makes him a “big deal”.

His humility is apart from his role as the leader of the largest institution in the world. He may bring a personal attitude of humility to the role but he is not so deluded as to believe his every breath is not a very big deal. He has deliberately and willfully taken this on as his personal shibboleth.

27 posted on 04/03/2013 3:10:01 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

My gosh you really can’t read.

I never said anywhere I thought he thought he was a big deal. I am saying OTHERS think he’s a big deal, and that given his character, whether he really cares for that, and would rather have them focus on Christ, which is how his whole life apparently has been - simple, low key, not one to draw attention to himself, etc.

You really have to read better. You’re not comprehending the words that are in front of you. You’re reading what you think I’m saying, you’re sticking in assumptions that are not there.

People are increadibly hyped and ultra-intense on him and I am just saying given who he is and his personality, there’s every reason to believe he’d prefer them be that hyped and excited and intensely focused about Jesus Christ rather than him.

Now if you feel you have to reply, please re-read my post three more times before replying. I am sure you didn’t read it correctly based on all your past replies.


28 posted on 04/03/2013 3:15:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Now it is my turn. You are an argumentative idiot.


29 posted on 04/03/2013 8:21:04 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

read your own posts before calling other people that.


30 posted on 04/03/2013 10:28:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

LOL


31 posted on 04/04/2013 11:29:05 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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