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Pope Francis Blesses Photo Of Lexi And Katie Boone, Maryland Sisters Killed In Fire

Pope Francis blesses the crowd at the end of his the weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 6, 2015 at the Vatic
Pope Francis blesses the crowd at the end of his the weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 6, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Pope Francis has blessed the photo of sisters killed in a fire with their cousins and grandparents at an Annapolis mansion.

The Catholic News Agency reports that the photo of 8-year-old Lexi Boone and her 7-year-old sister, Katie, will be delivered to their parents on Mother's Day with a figurine of Jesus with two children that was also blessed.

The news agency reports that Pope Francis blessed the items after reading a letter from the Rev. Aaron Qureshi, who says the pope was placed his hand on the photo as he prayed for the family.

The sisters were killed with their cousins, 8-year-old Charlotte and 6-year-old Wesley Boone, and their grandparents, Don and Sandra Pyle, in a fire that started after an electric spark spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree.

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