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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