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Pope Francis Blesses Wes Pak
By Anthony Rago

Pope imagePope Francis came to America September 22-27, 2015. His primary purpose was to preside at the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia. Along the way, the Successor of Saint Peter and Sovereign of the State of Vatican City made official visits in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Pope Francis brought Christian messages to the White House, Congress, the United Nations, the World Meeting of Families and vast multitudes of people watching him in person and through the airwaves.

His greatest joy seemed to be extending his hand of blessing to the disabled, the infirm and children. One of those families he touched deeply was the Pak Family of York County. Wes Pak and his mother were staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City while Wes was being treated for neuroblastoma, a cancer that has been in Wes’s life for years. Wes has had a very hard time in the past month, and everyone who knows and loves him is praying for a miraculous healing.

On September 25, Wes had just finished one of his visits at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan when he had the opportunity to be driven to a location along Pope Francis’ route of travel. Wes and ten other children staying at the Ronald McDonald House were going to be personally blessed by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis did bless each child, giving a Rosary to the child and accompanying parent.

Pope image2Throngs of people, Catholic or not, look to the Pope as hand of blessing and healing from God. This hope goes all the way back to the days of Saint Peter. As it is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter five, verses fourteen and fifteen: "And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord increased still more, so that they carried the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and pallets that, when Peter passed, his shadow at least might fall on some of them.” Wes’s family and friends are praying for a miracle; they may have some evidence for hope from the story of another family in Arizona.

According to an article in USA Today, the Cassidy Family of Arizona was in Saint Peter’s Square in 2014 when the Pope processed among the crowd. They held up their daughter, Ave, who had two holes in her heart. The Pope stopped and blessed Ave, placing his hand over her heart. When they returned home, a medical visit disclosed that her heart was mostly healed. Pope Francis is a special man and Wes Pak is a special boy. May God bless Pope Francis in his mission of mercy and love, and may God bless and heal Wes Pak.

To follow Wes’s journey through neuroblastoma, visit his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/ Wes.Fight.Against.NB?fref=ts

Some of the information in this article is from a WAVY TV10 article linked to the Facebook page: http://wavy.com/2015/09/25/yorktown-boywith-cancer-blessed-bypope-francis/

To read the USA Today article, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/inspiration-nation/2015/09/23/inspiraton-nation-pope-holds-baby/72671356/


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