Perhaps to make up for his uncool stance on legalizing weed, Pope Francis ordered his driver to stop his car on Saturday so he could bless a disabled woman and her family, who were waiting alongside the highway for the pope to pass
The family lives in a southern region of Italy called Calabria, near Cassano allo Jonio, where Cool Pope spoke out against Mafia violence earlier that day.
From the Catholic News Agency:
The Vatican's news.va website reported that family members waited with banners reading, 'Please Pope stop here to see an angel who has been waiting for you', and 'Please come and bless little Roberta'.
When the Pope saw their signs, he asked for his car to stop, and immediately went to greet and bless the people.
Once the vehicle stopped, the Holy Father descended, approached the woman, who was laying on a moving stretcher, blessed her, kissed her and greeted her family and the children around her.
After receiving the pope's blessing, the family took to Facebook to share the news. "I still can't believe it, thank you Holy Father...I thank the Pope for having given us a moment of great joy," the woman's sister wrote.
A family friend who witnessed the blessing commented on the post.
"It was very emotional to see how Pope Francis greeted Roberta" the friend wrote. "There are gestures in life that are worth more than speeches, much more than you would think...Pope Francis is unique."
[h/t the Daily Dot]