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The caress of the Holy Father

16 July 2021
On Tuesday afternoon, 13 July, Pope Francis wanted to show his closeness by visiting young patients at the paediatric oncology ward of Gemelli Polyclinic: a tender caress on the face of a child who, in spite of everything, had the strength to smile; others on those of little girls who looked puzzled at the man dressed in white who had come to greet them; and a simple gesture of blessing with the hand towards a closed glass door, beyond which was a mother with her child in her arms.

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