Pope Francis visits Kkottongnae to meet people with disabilities, volunteer workersUpdated: 2014-08-17 14:38:34 KST
Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul was not the only place flooded with people on Saturday for the Pope's visit.
Some 30-thousand visitors greeted Pope Francis in Kkottongnae, or 'Flower Village' in the city of Eumseong on Saturday afternoon, waving hands, flags, and chanting "Viva Papa".
"I was a little nervous, because it was the first time I would meet the Pope. But it was so great to see him especially because there is only one Pope."
" ㅇ … "
"It feels like my entire family has been blessed as we came to Kkottongnae to meet the Pope. I'm so happy. Thank you."
" ㄱ ㅏㅌ . . . "
The pope arrived at the 'House of Hope' where the sick, old and disabled were waiting to be blessed.
Forty children with disabilities were among them, and he listened to their dreams, kissed and hugged them.
Pope Francis was also touched by some special presents he received, such as an embroidered picture of him, and a paper crane folded by a 74-year-old with her toes, as she cannot use her hands.
Pope Francis also paid a visit to the 'Garden of unborn children' to pray for the aborted children at the cemetery.
Afterwards, around 4400 Catholic believers gathered for an evening prayer, lead by the Pope, but due to a longer than planned meeting with the disabled children, a mass prayer was unfortunately cancelled.
The Pope was expected to say some lines in Korean.
Nevertheless, the religious followers were very touched by the short meeting.
"I felt he came as an apostle of peace to give solace to the suffering, and I felt at peace because of his visit."
Pope Francis said farewell to the 'Flower Village,' leaving a huge impression on the poor, the sick, the children, as well as on the laity, to whom he asked to multiply their efforts in assisting those in need.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News, Eumseong.
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What a great man.