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Pope Francis blesses eyes of girl losing vision

Pope Francis has blessed the eyes of a five-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight.

Lizzy Myers and her family had special seats for the pope’s general audience, and the Holy Father spent several minutes with her at the end. He hugged her and placed his hands over her eyes. She gave him a meteorite chunk.

Lizzy does not know she suffers from Usher’s syndrome, which will take away her hearing and eyesight. Her parents have made a ‘visual bucket list’ to show her as many things as they can before she can no longer see.

Her mother, Christine Myers, said afterwards that Lizzy was “awestruck.

“She was totally big-eyed and it was a very powerful moment for her,” she added.

The family is in Rome courtesy of Turkish Airlines; its general manager heard her story and offered free plane tickets to anywhere in the world. The family chose Rome because of its history and beauty. A local hotel offered them lodging.

Lizzy’s father, Steve Myers, said he had been nervous ahead of Wednesday’s audience but that as the Pope approached his family, he felt an incredible sense of calm.

“You know, I believe myself, and I think that what Pope Francis has done for her, if there is any chance for a miracle, it would be there,” he said. “He asked that we pray for him and said that he would be praying for us.”

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Bishop encourages viewers to participate in daily Mass on RTÉ

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