Special meeting with pope

April 18, 2008 11:23:10 AM PDT
One of Pope Benedict the XVI's biggest gatherings this weekend will be at Saint Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers. While there, he'll preside over a large youth rally, meet with thousands of seminarians and spend time blessing youngsters with disabilities.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has more.

It's an afternoon ritual--a visit to grandma's house in Wood-Ridge.

Grandma's house is just down the block from the family's church. The proximity perhaps offering spiritual support for a family faced with numerous challenges.

Amelia Imastbeth is 10-- and has had cerebral palsy and developmental delays since birth.

So when Amelia's family learned that Pope Benedict the 16th was coming to New York, they tried for tickets to see him at Yankees Stadium and ended up with something even more personal.

"It couldn't happen to us and it did she's going to meet the pope," Amelia's mother Lucia said.

Amelia will be one of about 50 children with disabilities who will meet the pope at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.

Her mother, Lucia, will be at her side and knows what she will ask for.

But Amelia's father, sister and grandmother won't be left out of the papal experience. They have tickets to Yankees stadium where they hope their prayers about Amelia will also be heard.

And while Amelia doesn't always attend Sunday mass, her father- is a Eucharist minister and brings communion home to her. He says she always looks forward to it. So seeing the pope in person will undoubtedly be a big moment for Amelia.


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