Pope Francis Consoles A Worried Boy Who Asked If His Late Atheist Father Is In Heaven

Date April 19, 2018

Pope Francis gave a little boy from Italy a much-needed ray of hope during a recent visit to the St. Paul.

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Between Pope Francis and little Emanuele

The Pope was taking questions from children at the parish, when the boy, Emanuele, came forward to ask his burning question.

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However, before he could get the words out, his emotions got the better of him. Available footage shows him crying into his hands before he is encouraged to whisper his question to the Pope's ears.

Afterwards, with the boy's permission, Pope Francis told the crowd that the boy simply wanted to know if his atheist father, who had passed on recently, is in heaven.

His burning question

The boy reportedly told the pontiff that his father had been a good man while being alive. He ensured that his four children, Emanuele inclusive, got baptized.

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Pope Francis' response to the teary boy's existential concerns was both heartwarming and reassuring.

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He hugged him and then proceeded to tell the crowd in his classic style that many have called unconventional:

A boy that inherited the strength of his father also had the courage to cry in front of all of us. If this man was able to create children like this, it’s true that he is a good man.

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He went on to clarify that Emanuele's father may not have had the gift of faith, but his good heart had to count for something with God.

A legacy of mercy

Pope Francis is known for his humanitarian approach to his office, and this encounter with the boy is seen as part of his call to prioritize mercy.

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Recall that he stopped his motorcade early this year to help an injured police officer in Iquique, Chile. Here's a man who walks the talk.

Well done, Pope Francis!

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