After Pope's Blessing, Colo. Teen Beats Stage 4 Cancer

Peter Srsich meets Pope Benedict
Peter Srsich, a 17-year-old with stage 4 cancer, got to meet Pope Benedict XVI in May 2012, who unexpectedly placed his hand where the tumor was to offer a blessing. (Facebook)

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When Make-A-Wish Foundation approached Peter Srsich, a stage 4 cancer patient, offering to make a dream of his come true, the 17-year-old boy had an unusual request: He wanted to meet the pope.

Two years later, the Colorado teen is in remission—and he has credited his encounter with Benedict XVI with helping him beat the cancer.

Srsich, a devout Catholic who is now studying for priesthood, is well aware that his cancer was cured thanks to decades of medical research and his doctors' extensive training—but he believes that meeting the former pontiff in Rome has restored his faith and gave him strength to fight for his life.

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