During an audience, the Pope abandoned the speech he had prepared as he was moved by the curiosity of a group of children with rare diseases.
“The real speech was made by them today, gathering round spontaneously, giving the best of themselves, a smile, a curiosity,” Pope Francis said, after meeting with a group of children from the Italian Federation of Rare Diseases (UNIAMO), on February 13, 2023, at the Vatican. In his speech, handed out to the participants, the Pope pleaded for the greater diffusion and sharing of scientific research results.
During the audience, the Pope started his speech, but ultimately did not finish it, as he was interrupted by a child who approached him. The Pontiff then told him to come closer and gave him a rosary, while extending the invitation to the other children present. He greeted them one by one and asked them all their names. Reaching out for the microphone again, he expressed his delight at seeing the children “reaching out their hand to take the rosary.”
“There are no fools here, none! They know how to do it well,” he said amused. The Pope then decided to hand out his speech to the participants, explaining that “reality speaks better than ideas.”
“To continue to speak, after this living sermon, would not make sense. […] The true sermon was what they did, with their limitations, their illnesses, but they made us understand that there is always the possibility to grow and to go forward,” Francis explained.