Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT) April 7, 2018 Vatican City (CNN)They were there to see the Pope: the students waving flags, the newlyweds in white, the priests and nuns and rich donors. In front sat the elderly and sick, many in wheelchairs: the Pope's VIPs. I watched from a balcony, like Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. As Francis approached the wheelchairs, a dark-haired man slowly uncoiled to meet his embrace. Francis touched the man's head, blessing him, said a few words and moved down the line. Moments later, a small boy leaped from his chair to hug Francis. His mother wiped her hands on her pants before shaking the Pope's. I was surprised to find my eyes tearing, accompanied by a short burst of benevolence. I felt a brief urge to hug everyone in the room. (I am not a hugger.) Read More Covering my tears' tracks, I turned to a colleague. He was emotional, too. It wasn't the first time I'd felt like this. But still, it was a bit odd. Why would witnessing a moment of … [Read more...] about Seeing the Pope help strangers made me tear up. Later I learned why.