Boy Blessed by Pope in Philadelphia Dies

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PHILADELPHIA -- A little boy who was blessed by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia, has passed away.
PHILADELPHIA -- A little boy who was blessed by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia, has passed away.

PHILADELPHIA — A little boy who was blessed by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia, has passed away.

The family made the announcement on Facebook:

“It saddens us to have to say this but our precious son Landon, went to live with God Saturday evening. We will miss him dearly but are glad to know he is finally healthy and happy sitting next to our Lord.

Landon was an intelligent, funny and loving 9 year old that touched many in his short time. He fought valiantly for 5 years. We don’t know anyone tougher or braver than him.”

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9-year-old Landon Vargas was diagnosed with cancer when he was only four.

Landon’s father yelled, “Bendicelo!” or “Bless him!” from the crowd as the Popemobile approached them on its way to Independence Mall when the boy was blessed, NBC Philly reported.

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