Before leaving his residence Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican for Fiumicino airport and Chile, Pope Francis met the parents and grandparents of a young girl of Rome, victim of a mortal accident, four days before her 18th birthday, reported the Vatican.
The Papal Almoner, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, accompanied the mourning family.
It seems already a custom of Pope Francis to greet people whom have been faced by life’s trials before his international journeys. It is also a way of placing his trips under the symbol of compassion.
Thus, for instance, before flying to Bogota, Colombia on September 6, 2017, the Holy Father received two families, whose dwellings were destroyed by fire during the summer in Rome.
And before flying to Egypt, on April 28, 2017, the Pontiff met with immigrant Egyptian young people.