Fil-Am armless pilot offers her Guinness World Records medal to Pope

Jessica Cox offers her medal to the Pope


( Filipino-American armless pilot Jessica Cox offered her Guinness World Records medal to Pope Benedict the XVI last month in Rome, reports ABS-CBN News. The Arizona-born pilot presented her medal to the Pope "to bear witness to the value of life always and everywhere, in every condition," reports CBCP (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines) News, citing Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Cox, 28, said, "He embraced (touched) my face. It was unexpected. I told him, ’I (want) you to have this medal’ and he did not (respond). And then I said, ’Please pray for my mother who is sick and my brother who will become a priest.’ He said, ’I will. I will.’"

Born without arms, Cox earned her pilot’s license in 2008 after training for three years, according to CBCP News. She received the Guinness World Records medal for being the first female pilot to fly a plane using only her feet.

"My message to all Filipinos watching: Nothing is impossible," ABS-CBN News quoted her as saying.

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