This photo has received hundreds of thousands of likes and reposts immediately since it was posted on uCatholic’s FB page. Not only Catholics, but also Buddhists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and a lot of atheists expressed in the comments under the picture their extreme admiration of Pope Francis’ humane action. Users often quote Christ’s phrase from the Gospel: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
A girl with Down syndrome got up during a regular papal service and went toward the Pope. Security men quickly moved in to take her back to her mom. The Pope stopped them and said to her: “Come sit next to me.” She then sat down near him, and he continued his homily, holding her hand.