LifeNov 29, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez
Every week the pope has a general audience in the Vatican. A formal gathering in which the pope preaches to believers. The six-year-old Wenzel, however, decided to change things up a bit.
During the formality, Wenzel happily climbed up the stairs to the pope. When he arrived on stage, the boy grabbed the hands of one of the Swiss guards to check if he was real. After that he walked around a bit, exploring his surroundings.
Wenzel's mom quickly ran after her son. She wanted to apologize to the pope and explained that Wenzel is deaf-mute. "Let him be, let him be," the pope immediately reacted, allowing the boy to keep on playing on the stage.
"This boy is speech-impaired," the Pope Francis told his audience, according to the Associated Press. "But he knows how to communicate, to express himself. And he has something that made me think: He’s free."
"Undisciplined-ly free," the pope jokingly said. "But he’s free. It made me think, ‘Am I so free before God?' When Jesus says we have to be like children, it means we need to have the freedom that a child has before his father."
"I think this child preaches to all of us. And let us ask for the grace of speech (for him)."
It turned out to be an exceptional day for Wenzel and his parents. "We try to let him be free," his father said. "He has to express himself, and we live without hiding his problems."
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