“Grandpa, come to us when you are tired and want to rest”. This is the sweet invitation of the schoolchildren from Larino (south of Italy) to the Pope. These children met the Pope yesterday before the audience in Saint Peter, at around 9.30 am.
During their short and unexpected meeting, pupils gave the Holy Father a book they made, which contains photos and thoughts about their weekly visit to the old people of the rest home in Larino. The class visited retired old people and spent time with them painting, drawing and making manual activities.
“We gave to the Pope the book that represents the result of our activities with the old people of the rest home thanks to the project ‘Regaliamoci un sorriso’ (Let’s give ourselves a smile)” said excited the Headmaster, Angela Maria Tosto, who was at the meeting with the schoolchildren and two other teachers of the school. They did not expect a meeting, the Pope – continued the headmaster – saw the children with their little smocks and caps and wanted to stop by to say hello. We were astonished. He approached and he was like an apparition to us”. Then the children invited “Grandpa Francis” to go to their village to rest when he is very tired and they gave him their book. “I will read it” said the Pope, and before going away he added “Pray for me!”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa