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Photo of Little Girl With Down Syndrome & the Pope: The Story You Heard Isn't True
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The photograph on its own was charming. Pope Francis stood reading, presumably a sermon, to a room full of unseen spectators, with a small child, a young girl with Down Syndrome, dressed in blue and sitting to his right, her hand in his.

The story that accompanied the pic when it was first spotted on Reddit was even sweeter—A girl with Down syndrome reportedly had gotten up during a regular papal service and walked toward Pope Francis. Security men quickly moved in to take her back to her mom but the Pope had stopped them, inviting her to "come sit next to me." The was also shared on Twitter. No matter the platform—it was a lie.

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