Rome Newsroom, Jul 22, 2020 / 07:30 am
A Spanish teenager with an intellectual disability received an encouraging letter from Pope Francis after walking the Camino de Santiago this month.
Álvaro Calvente, 15, walked the traditional pilgrimage route with his father and a family friend. They carried prayer intentions with them and documented the journey on social media.
After arriving in Santiago de Compostela, the end of the pilgrimage, on July 13, Calvente's father sent a letter to Pope Francis telling him about Álvaro and their experiences on the Camino.
Pope Francis responded with a letter July 20, thanking Álvaro "for having the courage to walk and inviting many to walk with you."