CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Even a pope needs love.
Kamila Nosarzewski, 5, of Crossville, made her wish come true last month when she got to kiss Pope John Paul II on the lips and tell him she loved him, an event recorded on the front pages of two Rome newspapers.
”I never was a very religious man,” said Kamila’s father, Thomas, ”but this was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It has changed my life. It is like a fulfillment.”
Thomas, Kamila and Thomas’ mother, Teresa Nosarzewski, wound up Dec. 3 in a receiving line at the Vatican for the pontiff, taking spaces left open at the last minute by the absence of three visiting diplomats. The Nosarzewski family had traveled to Rome while Kamila was visiting a specialist in Paris for her clubfoot.
When the family reached the front of the receiving line, Kamila found herself face-to-face with the head of the Roman Catholic Church. She reached out both arms as her dad lifted her up. The pope then reached out with both of his hands and took the child to his lap.