Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pope Blesses, Kisses Baby; NFL Family in Awe

Tens of thousands of people consider themselves fortunate just to catch a glimpse of the Pope, but one lucky infant had the interaction of a life time with the Holy Father when she was kissed by the Pope.

The baby, four-week-old Kate Clemens, happens to be the daughter of Kellen Clemens, a quarterback for the New York Jets. He and his wife Nicole had the chance to sit down on the field for the Papal Mass at Nationals Stadium and they were right in the path of the Pope.

"The minute he came over I just kinda stood there in shock. He traced the sign of the Cross on her forehead and had given her this blessing. I was absolutely amazed and then for him to stop, lean down and kiss her, I got goose bumps immediately," said Nicole.

"The fact that we were close enough to give Kate a blessing is just more than we could have ever hoped for and dreamed of and such an awesome experience that we will treasure forever ," said Kellen.

When asked how they will explain what happened to her, Kellen said, "To have Pope Benedict XVI, a direct descendant of Peter, it takes your breath away. I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it."

"It's a blessing. It's a miracle. It's a wonderful day that I know we'll remember for a very long, long time," said Nicole.

Baby Kate was born on Good Friday and her family always knew she she was special. The Pope moves on from Washington to New York on Friday, wrapping up his American tour.

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