“Like a little kiss from God”

Pope Francis gives Dominic Gondreau an Easter kiss. (Screen shot from www.news.va)

Pope Francis gives Dominic Gondreau an Easter kiss. (Screen shot from http://www.news.va)

VATICAN CITY — Whenever he’s in a crowd, Pope Francis kisses lots of children. The father of one special boy, who got a special kiss and embrace on Easter, has written a blog about the embrace and its meaning.

The boy, Dominic Gondreau, has cerebal palsy. He is spending several months in Rome with his parents and four siblings while his father, a professor of theology at Dominican-run Providence College in Providence, R.I., serves as faculty resident director for students studying in Rome.

The dad, Paul Gondreau, said his son “has already shared in Christ’s cross more than I have throughout my entire life multiplied a thousand times over.”

And while Dominic’s parents help him walk, stretch his muscles, wheel him around and care for him in every way, dad says, “He shows me how to love.”

“We were all moved to tears” by the pope’s embrace of Dominic, he said.

In an interview with CNN, Dominic’s mother, Christiana, described the moment as being “like a little kiss from God.”

Our friends at Salt and Light Television, the Catholic channel in Canada, have included the moment in their video, about 10 minutes and 30 seconds into the piece.

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6 Responses to “Like a little kiss from God”

  1. His Holiness did not have to preach in words after that. As his patron Saint Francis said; Always preach the Gospel. Sometimes use words.” Hope their eminent excellencies and their lordships and my lords of the hierarchy and clergy and pompous laity watched. listened and will drop their pharisaic clap trap Temple nonsense. Jesus tried it first.

  2. Paul Gondreau says:

    Thanks for publishing this. My wife and I are still moved to tears over it. A gentle kiss from God, indeed!

  3. Beautiful. Pope Francis is truly worthy to bear the name “Francis”.

  4. Simona Xotta says:

    It’s God’s love on the earth…through the pope’s embrace and tenderness: I love him!


    Who Was St. Francis?
    by Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

    Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a mite of self-importance.
    so to me i will say or conclude that he did not made a mistake choosing his name

  6. JJ says:

    Oh, how I wish, Anglo U.S. brothers and sisters
    would embrass our spanish speaking communities
    just as we full heartedly embrrass Pope Fracis.+.

    It is valid to wish. .

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