Vatican City, 06 February, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis on Sunday shared two recent examples of everyday holiness, times when people gathered together to help a suffering child and a dying young man.
“We are used to seeing and reading in the media so many bad things, bad news, accidents, murders... so many things. But today I would like to mention two beautiful things,” the pope said at his weekly Angelus on Feb. 6.
He pointed to the recent news story of Rayan, a five-year-old boy who was stuck in a well in Morocco for four days. Rescue workers finally reached the boy on the evening of Feb. 5, pulling him out to the cheers of onlookers, before it was confirmed Rayan had died.
Thousands of people had gathered at the scene as emergency personnel worked night and day to save Rayan in a treacherous rescue operation, the BBC reported. The hashtag #SaveRayan was trending on Twitter in some countries.
“In Morocco, how all the people gathered together to save Rayan. It was all the people there, working to save a child,” Pope Francis noted. “They put everything they had into it. Unfortunately, he did not make it.”