VALLEY CENTER – Christmas has long passed, but the memory of the 2005 holiday will be in Joshua Nona’s mind for many years to come.
The 9-year-old and his family spent Christmas in Europe, which to the Nonas was a thrill in itself. But the highlight for young Joshua was attending Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican and receiving a blessing from the pope.
“He was in seventh heaven,” said Joshua’s father, Ashor Nona.
Joshua has wanted to be a priest since he was 7.