>>>STILL AHEAD AS WE CONTINUE, POPE BENEDICT AS A PRE-TRIP MESSAGE FOR HIS FOLLOWERS>>>AND MEET ONE OF THE CHILDREN WHO WILL HAVE A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH HI CHRISTIANS AND CONSIDERED A SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP BY OTHER RELIDGE ONS. WHEN HE ARRIVES IN THE CITY NEXT FRIDAY ON HIS AGENDA WILL BE A YOUTH RALLY IN I DON’T THINKERS. 50 CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES WILL MEET THE HOLY FATHER. MICHAEL INTRODUCES US TO ONE OF THEM.>>Reporter: FREDDY ORTIZ IS A FUN LOVING 4-YEAR-OLD DESPITE PHYSICAL CHALLENGES THAT WOULD BE DAUNTING FOR ANYONE AT ANY AGE. VISION AND HEARING ISSUES SLOWED HIS DEVELOPMENT. FREDDY RECEIVED HELP FROM THE KENNEDY CHILD STUDIES CENTER, A MANHATTAN FACILITY AFFILIATED WITH THE ARCH DIOCESE OF NEW YORK.>>WHEN HE FIRST CAME IN, FREDDY HAD NO LANGUAGE, NO WORDS AT ALL. AND HE WASN’T REALLY ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIS TOYS. NOW HE’S PLAYING. HE INITIATES PLAY. HE ALSO HAS — HE CAN SAY CERTAIN WORDS AT CERTAIN TIMES. >>FREDDY IS ABOUT TO RECEIVE A RARE HONOR. HE’S BEEN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE KENNEDY CENTER WHEN THE POPE MEETS PRIVATELY WITH A GROUP OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN YONKERS. HIS MOTHER, ELIZABETH, GOT THE INVITATION IRONICALLY JUST AS SHE GOT WORD THAT FREDDY FACED YET ANOTHER MEDICAL ISSUE. >>HE HAS POLIO IS HIS EYES, CATARACTS, WHICH IS NOT VERY COMMON FOR CHILDREN. I WAS GOING CRAZY. THEN SHE CALLED ME AND TOLD ME HE WAS PICKED TO SE CHILDREN VITAL TO THE CHURCH ITSELF. AND THE POPE HAS MADE SMALLER, MORE INCIDENT MAT VISITS TO SICK CHILDREN AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES TO SHOW HIS PERSONAL COMPASSION WITH THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. FOR FREDDY’S MOTHER, EVEN A BRIEF ENCOUNTER WITH THE HOLY FATHER HAS SPECIAL MEANING.>>SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE POPE WAS LIKE THE PERSON WHO IS NEXT TO GOD. THE FIRST THING I ALWAYS ASK IS IF HE CAN PRAY

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