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Featured Family Member - Anya Kavanagh


January 18, 2002

A Lake Forest, Illinois family received an amazing honor when their youngest child was one of only 20 children baptized by the Pope at a mass in Vatican City. The pontiff baptized 3-month-old Anya Kavanagh this past Sunday in a gown that her grandmother, mother, and sisters wore for their christening.

Diane Kavanagh described meeting Pope John Paul the Second. "Very frail and very sweet with the children. It was overwhelming to be that close and you just felt you were in the presence of greatness," she said.

The family was invited to be in the ceremony because Anya's grandparents are very active with Catholic charities and visit Rome several times a year.

The 3-month-old baby also received a baptismal candle and a medallion from the Pope.

Source : MSNBC
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