Young girl who battled cancer, met Pope Francis, passes away

- A young girl who bravely battled cancer and had an opportunity to meet Pope Francis, has passed away, her family announced Monday. 

Philomena Stendardo, 7, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year. Her family took her took the doctors after her father noticed something strange during a soccer practice.

An MRI revealed the tumor, and doctors told them the cancer was inoperable.

The family turned to prayer, spreading the hashtags #PrayForPhil and #StormTheHeavens, capturing attention around the world.

#StormTheHeavens: Local girl battling cancer meets Pope Francis

The Make a Wish Foundation contacted soon her and asked what she wanted.

Her wish was to meet Pope Francis, and last year, her wish came true. 

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories