Pope Francis meets Haitian amputee athletes.

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Three young men who survived the devastating Haitian earthquake five years ago were left with their legs amputated. They were received at the Vatican by Pope Francis, along with others who were marking the fifth year since the earthquake. They were in Rome courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

Undeterred by their disability, these three young men began to play amputee soccer and are now members of Team Zaryen--a Haitian amputee team in Port-au-Prince. They, and every child in Haiti who lost a limb in the earthquake, received, free, their prosthetics and rehabilitation care through "Healing Haiti's Children," a program sponsored by the Knights and the University of Miami-affiliated Project Medi-share. The Knights has provided the funding of nearly $1.7 million to date, and Medi-share has provided the medical help. Local Haitians were hired to do much of the fabrication and rehabilitation work. To date, approximately 1,000 people have received prosthetic limbs through the program and more than 25,000 people have received additional rehabilitation services.

In Rome, in January, the three young men presented Pope Francis with a jersey with the number 5 on it to indicate the...

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