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Offering the gift of life - Special offertory at Closing Mass of WYD Rio

July 28, 2013
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As Pope Francis was leaving the cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday following mass with the bishops and priests, he met a couple who presented to him their own newly-born daughter who was born anacephalic (without a brain). Normally the baby would have died at birth but she was still alive.  The parents did not wish to abort their child even though an abortion would have been allowed legally for such a case.  The parents wished to welcome the gift of life.  During the final mass of World Youth Day, Pope Francis welcomed this child during the offertory procession of the mass as a gesture of welcome and offering of a life to God.
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