VATICAN CITY. The day after he turned 86, Pope Francis met with volunteers, family members and children receiving care from a Vatican pediatric clinic.
The group of children receiving assistance from the Vatican’s St. Martha Dispensary, a maternal and pediatric clinic, were treated to a show by circus performers and to a large white sheet cake adorned with one tall candle on Dec. 18, in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.
The pope thanked his guests for their visit and for a “day of joy that helps us prepare for Christmas.”
He also reminded everyone to not forget to pray for the children of Ukraine — “so many children who suffer because of war and they suffer also in other places because of injustice.”