Monday, April 04, 2005

One of my favorite Pope John Paul II anecdotes

It gets just a brief mention here, but there's a photo here. Pope John Paul II came to see Tony Melendez. He didn't ask Tony to come play for him. And afterward, the Pope hopped down off audience level, walked to stand below the stage at Tony's feet, reached up and patted Tony's knees as he thanked him and blessed him. Tony reached down for a kiss, but the image I will remember is that of the smiling old man reaching lovingly up to touch the young man's knees.

In the words of President Bush, "we're grateful to God for sending such a man."

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