The humanitarian needs in South Sudan are colossal, and this little boy has a message for the world.
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We don’t know his name or his age. Smaller than the other children crowding behind him, the boy in the worn red shirt managed to slip through a crack in the gray gate of St. Teresa’s Cathedral. How long did he stay like that, waiting under the hot sun of Juba? With his arm outstretched and his eyes closed, he touched the Argentine Pontiff with his fingertips. Francis also extends his arm. His gaze is fixed on the child’s hand. A bill. It is a banknote that the boy is holding out to him. In the photo, the Pope seems to understand — seems to see the generous heart of the poor which he so often invites us to contemplate — the generous heart of Jesus himself.