Posted On January, 02 - 2018
Four years ago, in 2014, I met Pope Francis in person. He gave a special blessing to me and to my parents. I had just completed two weeks’ work with Vatican Radio in Rome. Because he is very special, I was excited and honoured to meet him. My mother was also very happy and felt very blessed to be meeting him.
This is what happened the day that I met Pope Francis:
Reproduced with permission from Vatican Radio.
The Pope, for me, is someone who is a great leader for Christians around the world. He shows us that life can have many ups and downs and many different types of challenges for everyone. He also teaches us about our faith that we learn from each other.
Pope Francis wants me to live my life to the full with my family and the friends that I have made throughout my life. He encourages us all to share the gifts and talents that we all have with everyone around us and to celebrate everything that we have done with our lives.
It was a great experience for me to meet Pope Francis. It was like a dream come true for myself and my parents and now this dream will last with me forever. When he gave the blessing I felt at ease with myself and I was very happy.
There is a major difference between meeting the Pope and meeting someone else who is famous. Although it is nice to go to concerts and meet celebrities and maybe even have a photo with them, it’s not quite as special as meeting the Pope.
Pope Francis is a very humble person. When he shook my mother’s hand he asked her to pray for him. I don’t think any other world leaders would say that! He teaches us about our faith and also shows us our different paths in life. He encourages us to value the importance of family life.
I would love to see Pope Francis again. I hope that he will come to Ireland next year and celebrate family with the World Meeting of Families 2018. He himself chose the theme for the event - The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. He has brought the Gospel message - to love God and love our neighbour -to the world we all live in.
By Michael Gannon junior