Pope Francis recently granted a wish for a child who survived cancer, blessing the boy with a papal kiss.
CNN reported that Peter Lombardi was only nine years of age when doctors diagnosed the child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2015. At that time his family, devout Catholics, and been planning to see the Pope during a Philadelphia visit, but had to cancel due to Peter starting chemotherapy.
The family watched the Pope’s visit from a hospital room, when a Make-A-Wish representative approached them, asking what the child’s wish would be. Peter stated that he wanted the ‘man in the white outfit’ to kiss him, like he was kissing the other children. All Peter wanted was a kiss from Pope Francis.
Sadly, the rep from Make-A-Wish said this was a wish that could not be granted, rather, the foundation promised to come through on this second wish: meeting Darth Vader and engaging in a light saber fight in 2019.
The good news is that in 2017, Peter was in remission from cancer and his family planned to head to Italy to celebrate this during Holy Week festivities this year to thank God for this incredible blessing.
The family arrived in Rome on Palm Sunday, hired Mountain Butorac, a guide from Catholic Travel, and received a tour of the city from their faith’s perspective. Peter’s mom told the guild about her son’s wish and was shocked when Butorac told her that it was a possibility.
By mid-week the guide met up with a good friend, who also happens to be married to a Swiss Guard who is responsible for watching over the Pope. The lady took the family to the back where the Swiss Guards live, and it was moments later that Peter, now 12 years of age, got his wish granted and was kissed by the Pope on his forehead.
As his mom put it, the Pope didn’t just kiss her son, he also allowed him to sit up on the Popemobile.
It was an emotional moment for Peter’s mom, who cried during the entire event. She credits God for helping her son win the battle against cancer and everything he’s done to guide Peter throughout his childhood. As a kid with down syndrome, Peter has a higher risk when it comes to childhood cancer, as per studies, and it is a true blessing that this young boy has overcome this condition.