Young Patient Gets His Wish and Visits Pope

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 10, 2005 ( John Paul II was visited at the Gemelli Polyclinic by a child who is suffering from cancer and is hospitalized in a ward close to the Pope’s room.

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“Pope, make me be cured!” the child told the Holy Father as the door opened Wednesday, according to Holy See sources.

The Pope smiled at the child, blessed him, and said: “Take the Pope’s blessing also to all the other hospitalized children, with the wish that they be completely cured.”

The visit took place after the Pope’s private secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, went to the oncology ward, located on the 10th floor like John Paul II’s room, to distribute rosaries to the children and their parents, gifts from the Holy Father.

The child went up to the Polish archbishop and said: “I’ve been knocking on the door since yesterday” — referring to the entrance to the Pope’s quarters in the hospital — “but no one answered.”

John Paul II’s secretary asked him: “Would you like to greet the Pope?” The child said yes and Archbishop Dziwisz took him along to grant his wish.

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