20 Mar '13, 4pm

Pope blesses reporter's guide dog

Pope blesses reporter's guide dog

Visually impaired radio reporter Alessandro Forlani found himself speechless Monday when he had an opportunity to meet newly elected Pope Francis at the pontiff's first meeting with the press. Luckily, Forlani's guide dog Asia provided a conversation starter. Forlani initially wasn't sure if he would even be able to meet the pope at this week's meeting, since normal protocol would not allow him to bring his guide dog into the auditorium where it was being held. "As I waited in line to enter the hall, the security guards told me that most likely I wouldn’t be allowed to get in with the dog," he wrote on his Facebook page , as reported by the site Life with Dogs . "But after a few minutes, Vatican officials gave me the green light and I was accompanied by a Swiss guard to the audience hall." Not only that, the reporter and his yellow Labrador ended up being seated in one of ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/pope-ble...

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