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Pope’s hug of Rhode Island boy lifts spirits

Only Dominic Gondreau knows what Pope Francis whispered in his ear, and when anyone asks him, he just giggles, the boy’s father said.

Francis “bestowed an extra­ordinary Easter blessing” on Dominic’s Rhode Island family when he hugged the 8-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, following the Easter Mass in St. ­Peter’s Square, Paul Gondreau said. The photo of Francis hugging Dominic has captivated the world, appearing in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, and ABC Nightly News, to name a few.

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