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There's certainly no way of knowing if the actions of 7-year-old William Morkin signify any sort of impending good fortune for the upcoming Chicago Fire season.


What is certain, however, is that young William has created a poignant and indelible visual for supporters of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. 


It's a story that has its roots in a letter to the Vatican penned by William from his home in suburban La Grange, Ill. -- one of millions of dispatches sent by youngsters around the world to Pope Francis. Last November, the Vatican announced that the Pontiff would author a children’s book named “Dear Pope Francis” comprised of his responses to just 30 of those letters -- one of which happens to be that written by William Morkin.


In his letter, William posed a simple (or perhaps, not so simple) question:


“Dear Pope Francis, if you could do one miracle what would it be?”

His response? “I would heal every child.”


As a result of his inclusion in the special collection, William was among a small group of children who recently experienced the thrill of a lifetime, visiting Vatican City for a meeting with Pope Francis and bringing with them a gift from their homelands.


The Holy Father, a lifelong supporter of Argentine Primera Division side Club Atlético San Lorenzo, received as his gift from William a soccer ball representing William’s hometown Chicago Fire Soccer Club.


Needless to say, William's remarkably thoughtful offering resonates with all who love the Chicago Fire and the beautiful game, and is a gesture that's sure to be remembered by all involved. Kudos to you, William!


Check out the full story below courtesy of ABC's "Good Morning America":



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