Here's something you don't see every day.
While being driven through southern Italy, Pope Francis saw a disabled woman and her family on the side of the road, waiting to catch a glimpse of his motorcade.
Francis asked his driver to stop the modest blue hatchback he was riding in. He exited the car (opening his own door, like a boss), approached the family, and then blessed and kissed the woman, named Roberta, who was lying on a stretcher.
Cheers of "bravo" and "grazie" can be heard in the background.
The Catholic News Agency reported that the family held up signs asking Francis to stop and see Roberta.
Roberta, whose last name was not reported, is unable to travel far from home and depends on a machine to help her breathe, according to news.va.
After the encounter, friends and family of Roberta posted their thoughts on Facebook. One friend, Ivan Vania, wrote, “it was very emotional to see how Pope Francis greeted Roberta ... there are gestures in life that are worth more than speeches, much more than you would think ... Pope Francis is unique," according to the Daily Dot.
Of course, this isn't the first suave move we've seen from Francis. He once invited a boy with Down syndrome to take a spin in the popemobile. He embraced a man with a very disfigured face. And he's washed the feet of kids in jail during a Holy Week ceremony. Keep that in mind the next time you think twice about holding the door for that old lady walking out of the grocery story behind you.
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