- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis used some of his final moments in the United States to bless a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://goo.gl/3jRdNJ) reports the pontiff blessed Stephen Esmond, Theresa Devine and their teenage sons in a meeting at Philadelphia International Airport.

A lawyer for the family says they’ve been recovering from neurological damage since being exposed to methyl bromide at a U.S. Virgin Islands resort.

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the use of the toxic pesticide at the condominium where they stayed last spring.

The Inquirer reports sons Sean and Ryan Esmond spent weeks in medically induced comas. The boys attended a private school in Wilmington, Delaware, where their father served as head of the middle school.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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