The Courier-Mail

Pope gets US tune-up


NEW YORK: Pope Fran­cis has asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his up­com­ing US visit.

The Pope spoke with peo­ple in Los An­ge­les, Chicago and McAllen, Texas, in an event ar­ranged by ABC News.

Va­lerie Her­rera, 17, in Chicago wept as she told Fran­cis she had been bul­lied be­cause of a rare skin con­di­tion and had turned to mu­sic for com­fort. He said: “I would like to hear your singing. May I ask of you to sing a song for me?”

She sang in Span­ish to his re­quest made in English, and he smiled and thanked her.

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