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Pope Francis Invites Teen With Down Syndrome for a Ride in the Popemobile
life news ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 06/19/2013 7:56:09 PM PDT by Morgana

In what pro-life advocate are cheering as another celebration of life from newly-minted Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church invited a teen with Down Syndrome for a ride on the famous Popemobile.

As the Associated Press reports:

Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life — sort of.

Francis invited Alberto di Tullio up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience Wednesday, letting him spin around on the pontiff’s white chair while tens of thousands of people looked on.

The boy’s father, Celestino di Tullio, told The Associated Press he choked up when Francis approached his son: “The pope saw him, embraced him. Then Alberto pointed to the car, and so he brought him up!”

Perhaps Francis’ eye was caught by the blue-and-white-striped Argentine national soccer jersey Alberto was wearing — a gift that the di Tullio’s parish priest gave him Wednesday morning before they set out from Boiano, near Naples, for the audience.

In March, Pope Francis took time to stop and offer a blessing for a disabled man.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; popefrancis
Take that bill maher and all those lizzard women on the "view"!!
1 posted on 06/19/2013 7:56:09 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Well that’s a classy move, and I think the good Lord smiled.


2 posted on 06/19/2013 7:57:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Morgana

You give them enough credit to call them women?


3 posted on 06/19/2013 7:57:45 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: wastedyears

I said “lizzard” women. Implying that even though they are reptile they are female reptiles.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 7:59:15 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

I saw only a few seconds of the Pope with the kid and I’ll admit I got a little teary eyed! The Pope had such a big smile on his face it was nice to see that, too!


5 posted on 06/19/2013 8:01:23 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico
can't find a video but here is a pic

6 posted on 06/19/2013 8:05:50 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

here is a good pic
http://nationalpostlife.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/pope2.jpg?w=620&h=465


7 posted on 06/19/2013 8:07:49 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Morgana

Well they are certainly misled. Personally I would refrain from demeaning them, because they are demeaning their own selves. They’re basically saying “God damn me.” Which has to frustrate His love immensely; God would rather they be saved. So why should we damn them. It’s between God and them now.


8 posted on 06/19/2013 8:09:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Morgana

This will eat at them. And that’s a good thing.


9 posted on 06/19/2013 8:09:48 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I agree with you. I just refuse to call them “retarded” and am implying that their behavior is “reptile” in nature.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 8:12:07 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: RummyChick

That is so touching and a very powerful message.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 8:13:11 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Morgana

Well, I think we have a perfectly good word: evil.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 8:13:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: laplata
This will eat at them. And that’s a good thing.

Lord willing ... it will burn at their souls and nag at their consciences ... May God grant them the grace of repentance and conversion. Perhaps this will be the kick-in-the-arse necessary to get them (or someone) headed in the right direction.

13 posted on 06/19/2013 8:14:11 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Morgana

I really like the Pope but I’m concerned that while it’s great he mingles and talks with the people, something bad will happen.

I’m sure he’s not afraid of death but it would be a great loss for the rest of us. It is nice to see him so outgoing and cheerful, though.


14 posted on 06/19/2013 8:16:21 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yes, may they wake up.


15 posted on 06/19/2013 8:17:16 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Morgana

This is wonderful!

Thanks for posting!


16 posted on 06/19/2013 8:29:02 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: RummyChick

The love in the Popes eyes for this child of God speaks volumes.

Thanks for the pic.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 9:14:17 PM PDT by billys kid ("Bury me on my head for one day this world will be upside down." (Diogenes))
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To: Morgana

Thanks for posting this. It’s refreshing to see people who appreciate God’s great gift of life.


18 posted on 06/19/2013 9:14:57 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Morgana

Bravo!


19 posted on 06/19/2013 9:15:38 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Morgana

Pope Francis is making me look at the Catholic faith with a new set of eyes. He is the kind of minister who brings the faith to people outside his inner circle.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 9:18:59 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Morgana

I’m finding that the very secular 20- and 30-somethings who populate my life really like this Pope. I hope he’s around long enough for them to get to know him, his Church and Christianity, as it apparently wasn’t well taught in their local churches.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:42 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: MediaMole

...as someone who was born with a disabilty, I have begun to understand the power of the pro-life movements message to those who could have been aborted. I see myself as a man who was lucky to survive the abortion movement.


22 posted on 06/19/2013 9:21:34 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

Bump!


23 posted on 06/19/2013 9:23:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: BykrBayb

Thought you’d like this one.


24 posted on 06/19/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Gene Eric

I want to share an amazing story about a an amazing little boy and his family who have faced a tremendous challenge.

http://www.dominicpio.com/

These are great people who have loved their son and brother despite his terrible challenges. These are people I can not even begin to emulate.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 9:34:00 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: little jeremiah

You’re right! I love reading about people who treasure life, and respect each other. The more I read from people like Bill Maher, Whoopie Goldberg, and the occasional trolls, the more I appreciate people like Pope Francis.


26 posted on 06/19/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: MacMattico

I really like the Pope but I’m concerned that while it’s great he mingles and talks with the people, something bad will happen.

I’m sure he’s not afraid of death but it would be a great loss for the rest of us. It is nice to see him so outgoing and cheerful, though.

What would happen if the pope were attacked by a Musloid who hacked his head off like the butchers of London?


27 posted on 06/20/2013 12:24:21 AM PDT by GraceG
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