Every Wednesday morning in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope greets pilgrims from around the world and offers a papal blessing to throngs gathered to hear his message to the world. One enduring tradition is that newlywed couples who attend the audience in their wedding attire will be seated in the front row and will receive a special blessing from the Holy Father.
At the Wednesday Audience on November 6, one of the newlywed couples were volunteers with the Rainbow Association Marco Lagulli Onlus, a charity that runs clown therapy sessions for children with cancer. The bride and groom presented the Holy Father with a book explaining their unique ministry; and Pope Francis, eager to join in the fun, popped on a red clown nose to match theirs.
In addition to its therapy programs in hospitals, nursing homes and orphanages, Rainbow Association Marco Lagulli Onlus offers economic and practical support for the families of sick children.