Jose Miguel Almaraz was holding his 6-month-old son Jacob as Pope Francis motored down 5th Street on Saturday afternoon.
With his wife and her two daughters, they cheered and shouted the name of the man they'd waited six hours to see.
Then, suddenly, Francis looked at them. And he pointed out for Jacob.
The child was whisked up to Francis, and the Pope removed the boy's small hat and kissed his shock of black hair.
Jacob was returned to his father's arms - and afterward, he could barely believe it.
"I feel blessed," the 32-year-old said in Spanish, a friend translating for him. The family is from Mexico but lives in South Philadelphia. He shook his head in disbelief, holding Jacob up as legions of well wishers snapped photos of him and congratulated the family.
His wife, Felicitas Varela, said the family had walked to that spot Friday morning from St. Thomas Aquinas, on 17th and Moore. They came with a group from the church.
She too couldn't find the words to describe how happy she was
"It's so exciting," she said. "I just don't know how to explain it."