ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed the photo of sisters killed in a fire with their cousins and grandparents at an Annapolis mansion.
The Catholic News Agency reports that the photo of 8-year-old Lexi Boone and her 7-year-old sister, Katie, will be delivered to their parents on Mother's Day with a figurine of Jesus with two children that was also blessed.
The news agency reports that Pope Francis blessed the items after reading a letter from the Rev. Aaron Qureshi, who says the pope was placed his hand on the photo as he prayed for the family.
The sisters were killed with their cousins, 8-year-old Charlotte and 6-year-old Wesley Boone, and their grandparents, Don and Sandra Pyle, in a fire that started after an electric spark spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree.
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