A Photo of Pope Francis’ Embrace of a Disabled Child Captivated the World

Pope Francis’ embrace of Dominic Gondreau, a child with cerebral palsy, recently went viral, touching the hearts of individuals across the globe. A photo of the compassionate act quickly piqued the interest of Catholics and non-Catholics, alike, who felt intense emotion upon seeing Francis lovingly hug the child.

This week, TheBlaze interviewed the boy’s father, Dr. Paul Gondreau, about the experience — one that has landed both him and his family members some major media coverage since the Easter Sunday mass after which the embrace took place.

Pope Disabled BoyIn this Sunday, March 31, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis hugs 8-year-old Dominic Gondreau, who has cerebral palsy, after celebrating his first Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Gondreau is the son of Dr. Paul Gondreau, a faculty member at Providence College in Providence, R.I. Credit: AP

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