Pope Francis offered prayers for the recovery of racing legend Michael Schumacher. The highest leader of the Catholic Church also backed a Formula One-led road safety campaign that aims to reduce the number of road accidents involving children.
The prayer came after Pope Francis visited Jean Todt, the president of the Formula One's governing body FIA. Todt showed the pontiff a documentary used in the "Save Kids' Lives" campaign.
The video revealed shocking details about everyday road accidents. The three-minute footage showed that 500 children die from road accidents on an everyday basis, and more than 20,000 suffer from injury.
The F1 president said the road safety campaign made "a big impression" on Pope. After showing the video, Todt asked the pontiff to say a prayer for Michael Schumacher, which is happily accepted by Pope.
More than 24 months after the horrible skiing accident in the French Alps, Michael is still battling with his life's biggest challenge. Daily Mail published that the racer is now using his accumulated wealth to recover from "terrible" health condition.
Express.co.uk reported that Michael's rehabilitation costs around £115k a week. The family of the famous racer hired a team of 15 medical specialists to monitor Michael's health condition.
The team includes some of the best therapists in the world that massage his injured body parts.
Little has been known about the true health condition of the racer. The family remains firm in their decision to keep things private. However, the problem with this move is the void it creates, and the false reports that appears on the internet.
Every day, millions of fans search online to have details about the racer's health, but reports are not updated. Felix Damm, Schumacher's media lawyer, has requested his fans to respect his privacy.
Because of the cost of health maintenance, the family decided to sell the racer's 34 million Euro jet or about US$37.2 million. Schumacher's wife Corinna also sold their private jet when she realized that the racer would never use it again.
Michael Schumacher is one of the most successful F1 drivers in the history of motorsports racing. He retired from racing in 2012.
At his peak, he won five world titles consecutively for Ferrari. Motor sports experts said Michael Schumacher is the greatest F1 driver that the sport has ever seen.