Iowa teen suffering from cancer meets pope at Vatican, gets blessing

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April 12, 2015

Iowa teen with terminal brain cancer blessed by Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis blesses Kylie Hayworth of Le Mars, Iowa, March 4 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The 19-year-old parishioner of All Saints Parish has terminal brain cancer. The trip was arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (CNS photo/LíOsservatore Romano)

LE MARS, Iowa (CNS) — A young parishioner in the Diocese of Sioux City recently had the chance to meet Pope Francis.

The circumstances of that meeting make it all the more powerful and unique.

Kylie Hayworth, a parishioner at All Saints Parish in Le Mars, chose to visit the pope as her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 19-year-old has terminal brain cancer.

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