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Watch Video – A Crying Boy Asks Pope Francis If His Dead Atheist Father Is In Heaven

Watch Video – A Crying Boy Asks Pope Francis If His Dead Atheist Father Is In Heaven

Pope Francis comforts little Emmanuel as he whispers his question to the Holy Father

During his visit to the parish of Saint Paul of the Cross, in the Corviale neighbourhood of Rome, Pope Francis met with the faithful before celebrating the Sunday Mass.
As is customary in his visits to Roman parishes, Pope Francis took the opportunity to meet with parishioners of St Paul of the Cross before celebrating Sunday Mass for the community.

Ahead of the liturgy, Pope Francis met with young children in catechism courses, as well as the elderly, the poor, and the sick members of the parish; and later heard the confessions of several people.

Most needy at centre of the parish

In his meeting with the elderly, the Holy Father spoke of the “duty” of the parish to be there for the people, “because those who have the greatest need are at the centre of the parish, and at the centre of the Gospel. Everyone faces difficulties in life, but our sorrows and difficulties should not allow us to take away our hope or our joy, the Pope said, “because Jesus has come to ‘ransom’ our wounds with His wounds.” This, he said, is our joy, “Jesus has paid for us, He is close to us, He wants what is good for us.”

Jesus’ ability to change hearts

Pope Francis began his visit with a question and answer session with some of the children of the parish. In a light-hearted exchange, he promised to answer a question about his favourite Bible passage when the children agreed to read it when they got home. He proceeded to tell the story of the conversion of Matthew, which he said “shows the power of Jesus to change a heart.”

All are children of God

When one little girl asked whether those who are not baptized are children of God, the Pope said, “We are all children of God. Everyone! Everyone!” – good people and bad, even those who follow other religions, even Mafiosi. “God has created everyone,” he said. “He loves everyone, and has placed in the hearts of everyone a conscience to recognize what is good, and distinguish it from what is evil.” But when we are baptized, he said, “the Holy Spirit enters into that conscience, and strengthens your belonging to God,” and that, in a certain sense, “makes you even more a daughter of God.”

God has “the heart of a dad”

One of the children appeared embarrassed and afraid to ask the pope his question. However, shortly after,many understood it was because his question was very difficult to answer, “My father has been gone for a short time. He was an atheist, but he baptized his four children. He was a good man. Is Dad in Heaven?”

Seeing the young boy was unable to ask his question, the pope told him to whisper it in his ear. After a few moments of speaking with the child, Pope Francis asked him if he could reveal his question and he said yes.


“Come, come, come.”

“I can’t do it.”

“Come to me, Emanuele. Come and tell me in my ear. Tell me in my ear.”

“If only we could cry like Emanuele when we have pain in our hearts. He cries for his father who died, and had the courage to do so before us because there is love in his heart for his dad. 

I asked Emanuele permission to reveal his question to the public and he said ‘yes.’ “My father died a short time ago. He was an atheist, but he baptized his It’s nice that a son says that about his father, that he “was good.” If that man was able to raise his children like that, then he was a good man. God is proud of your father.” Do you think that God would be able to leave a man like him far from Him? Do you think that? Louder, with courage.”


Pope Francis:

Does God abandon His children?


Pope Francis:

Does God abandon His children when they are good?


Pope Francis:

Here, Emanuele, this is the answer. God surely was proud of your father, because it is easier when one is a believer to baptize his children, than to baptize them when you are an unbeliever. Surely God like this so much. Talk to your dad, pray for your dad. Thanks Emanuele for your courage. 

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Watch Pictures! Pope Francis Visits Sick Children Of St. Padre Pio’s Hospital In Southern Italy

Watch Pictures! Pope Francis Visits Sick Children Of St. Padre Pio’s Hospital In Southern Italy

A highlight of the visit of Pope Francis to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy, 17 March, was when he entered the children’s cancer ward of the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” hospital that popular Italian saint Padre Pio founded.

On Saturday Pope Francis visited Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the stigmata and 50 year of the death of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, or simply Padre Pio. 

The 81-yer old Cappuchin friar, venerated the world over for his holiness, simplicity and poverty,  was born on 25 May, 1887 in Pietrelcina, and died on 23 September, 1968 in San Giovanni Rotondo, where he started the hospital, “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza,” (Home for Alleviating Suffering).

Perhaps the highlight and the most poignant moment of the Pope’s 17 March pastoral visit was when he entered the children’s cancer ward of  the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”, one of the most advanced medical facilities in Italy. 

In his insatiable urge to reach out to the poor, marginalized and the defenceless, Pope Francis went about the ward embracing, kissing and caressing the little ones, their parents, animators and hospital staff. 

Here are glimpses of some of the touching moments of this visit. 


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Watch Video: Pope Francis Prays Before The Crypt Of St. Padre Pio…Places A Symbolic And Meaningful Object. 

Watch Video: Pope Francis Prays Before The Crypt Of St. Padre Pio…Places A Symbolic And Meaningful Object. 

The Pontiff has arrived as a pilgrim to the lands of the Holy Confessor and has placed in his crypt a meaningful and symbolic object

On Saturday, March 17, Pope Francis visited the tomb of St. Padre Pio, as part of his pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, the land of the Saint in the centenary of the apparitions of the permanent stigmas and on the 50th anniversary of his death.

The Pope has placed a stole on top of the glass crypt as a symbol of confession, there he has prayed before the body of the Capuchin friar, and in a gesture to remember the memory of Padre Pio, who died on September 23, 1968.

Pope Francis has expressed on more than one occasion his respect and admiration for Padre Pio. Indeed, at the end of the Jubilee Year (2015/2016), Francisco wanted to honor the arrival of Saint Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo a hundred years ago.

The pope had also sent Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, to preside on July 28, 2017, the closing ceremony of the Jubilee Year in honor of the centenary of the arrival of Saint Padre Pío to that place, pilgrimage destination of thousands of people from all over the world.

On February 5, 2016, the remains of the famous capuchin had arrived at the Vatican to be presented to the veneration of the faithful for almost a week as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Thus, on March 17, 2018, Pope Francis presented himself as a pilgrim before the final resting place of the friar.

During the Holy Year, Francis highlighted Padre Pio as an example of a priest confessor and a full-time “servant of mercy”, sometimes practicing tiredness “the apostolate of listening” and prayer. From there he proposed to the Church to listen more until they extinguish the easy judgments.

Saint Pio was a Capuchin friar who dedicated himself to the salvation of souls. Born in 1887, he joined the Capuchin Order at age 15 before being ordained a priest in 1910 and was sent on July 28, 1916 to the convent of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he remained until his death.

In 1918, after a mass, he received the stigmata of Christ. Wounds that he carried in his hands, feet and chest for more than 50 years, which would attract a multitude of journalists and doctors. But, especially it has brought many faithful close to God. 

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Pope Francis Visits St. Padre Pio’s Home Town Of Pietrelcina – Venerates Relics

Pope Francis Visits St. Padre Pio’s Home Town Of Pietrelcina – Venerates Relics

 But St. Pio had the solution for this torment, Francis says.

Pope Francis on Saturday began his pastoral visit in the footsteps of Padre Pio by greeting the faithful in Pietrelcina, the Italian town where the Saint grew up. Against the backdrop of an image of the young friar the Pope encouraged them to “preserve as a precious treasure the Christian and priestly testimony of Saint Pio.”

In his remarks to the faithful and the Capuchin community gathered in the square in front of the liturgical hall of Piana Romana to greet him, Pope Francis recalled Padre Pio’s early life in Pietrelcina and his admission into the Capuchin Friars Minor where he said this friar “meditated with intensity on the mystery of God who loved us so as to give Himself for us.”

The Pope noted that this Capuchin never forgot his roots or his family but he also said that these early years were not “an easy time for him: he was strongly tormented in his heart and he feared falling into sin, feeling assaulted by the devil”.

Pope Francis also highlighted how Padre Pio, “loved the Church, he loved the Church with all its problems, all its troubles, all our sins. Because we are all sinners, we are ashamed, but the Spirit of God has called us into this Church that is holy. And he loved the holy Church and sinful children, all of them. This was Saint Pio” he said.

Suffering and prayer

The Pontiff went on to say that, “in those terrible moments Padre Pio drew vital life from the continuous prayer and trust he placed in the Lord.” The Saint, recalled Pope Francis, “immersed himself in prayer to adhere ever better to divine designs. Through the celebration of Holy Mass, which was the heart of every day and the fullness of his spirituality, he reached a high level of union with the Lord. During this period, he received special mystical gifts from above, which preceded the manifestation in his flesh of the signs of the Passion of Christ.”

This humble Capuchin friar, underlined the Pope, “amazed the world with a life devoted to prayer and to patiently listening to his brothers, on whose sufferings he poured out the love of Christ like a balm. Imitating his heroic example and his virtues, he continued, “may you also become instruments of Jesus’ love for the weakest.”

Digressing from his prepared text the Pontiff urged those gathered to refrain from arguing or gossiping because, he said, it doesn’t help you grow or move ahead in life.

Christian testimony

Concluding his words, Pope Francis expressed the hope that “this territory”, as he called it,  would “be able to draw new life from the teachings of the life of Padre Pio in a difficult time like the present one, where the population gradually decreases and ages because many young people are forced to go elsewhere to look for work.”

He also prayed that the intercession of Padre Pio would give young generations concrete perspectives for a future of hope and he invited young people to listen to the wisdom of the elderly. Then he quipped, “I would like to give the Nobel Prize to the elderly who give memory to humanity.”

I encourage this land, said Pope Francis to preserve as a precious treasure the Christian and priestly testimony of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

St. Padre Pio, Pray For Us! 

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