Pope Francis once again showed what true compassion looks like during his weekly audience with pilgrims at the Vatican.
In August, at a large gathering at the Vatican, 10-year-old Clelia Manfellotti, who has autism, started walking up the stairs to where Pope Francis was seated and walked around freely, as the Holy Father addressed his audience.
When His Holiness’ security detail began to move in an attempt to usher the girl back to the crowd, Pope Francis spoke to them in Italian and said “Let her stay. God speaks for children.
“This poor girl is a victim of an illness and she does not know what she is doing,” He added. The audience cheered and applauded.
Pope Francis has always stood up for the sick and the oppressed to spread his message of inclusion. On this occasion, he once again reiterated that we should be more compassionate to those who need it most.
“I ask one thing, but everyone should respond in their heart: ‘Did I pray for her?
“‘Looking at her, did I pray so that the Lord would heal her, would protect her? Did I pray for her parents and for family?’
“When we see any person suffering, we must always pray. This situation helps us to ask this question: ‘Did I pray for this person that I have seen, that is suffering?’”