2016-03-17 11:00:00

Pope Francis signs book for sick children

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has personally inscribed the copy of his new book "Dear Pope Francis" which was given to the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Children's hospital.

The dedication reads: "To all the children of the Hospital Child Jesus and to those who lovingly provide care for them."

The presentation of the book at the hospital was attended by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, who helped Pope Francis prepare his answers to the questions sent by children around the world, and the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi.

"In essence, we are the hospital of the Pope, and our children - we can say - are the children of the Pope! How often our doctors, our nurses, our volunteers have to answer the children's questions, which are often difficult or tragic. Perhaps the Pope's answers can also help us," said Mariella Enoc, the president of the hospital.

In addition to the copy signed by Pope Francis, the publisher donated 500 additional copies to the hospital.

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