Pope meets sick children and children of Italian inmates

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June 2, 2015

Pope Francis meets children of Italian prisoners in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHILDREN June 1, 2015.

Pope Francis meets children of Italian prisoners in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes, Pope Francis said, the most important thing parents of a seriously ill child can do is to keep asking God, “Why?”

A child of 2 or 3 years will torment his or her parents with a continual series of “whys,” the pope said. The little ones are not looking for answers as much as they are seeking the attention of mom or dad.

“We can ask the Lord, ‘Why, Lord? Why do children suffer? Why this child?’ The Lord will not respond with words, but we will feel his gaze upon us and this will give us strength,” Pope Francis told the parents of 20 seriously ill children.

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