Pope Francis administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to a teenage cancer patient last week.
Francis confirmed 16-year-old Giuseppe Chiolo, who had come to the Vatican by ambulance from Florence, in a brief outdoor ceremony.
Mr Chiolo, who is being treated in the oncology ward of a Florence hospital, had written to the Pope asking to meet him.
The teenager was given his wish, and the sacrament, on Saturday before Francis joined about 30,000 people for a special Year of Mercy general audience in St Peter’s Square.
The young man’s parents, Carmelo and Maria Giuseppina, and his sister, Dafne, were also present, as was the chaplain of Meyer Children’s Hospital.
In his audience talk, the Pope said that in God’s mercy he sent Jesus into the world “so that we could receive a new life marked by pardon, love and joy”.
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