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Actor David Henrie Is a Dad 9 Months After Asking the Pope to Pray for Their Family Following 3 Miscarriages

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Actor David Henrie is best known for his role in the former Disney Channel hit “Wizards of Waverly Place,” where he played Selena Gomez’s big brother.

Now, nearly seven years after the show came to an end, Henrie has started a family of his own.

In 2017, the actor married model and former Miss Delaware Maria Cahill. And over the last two years, they have been trying to grow their family.

On Instagram, the 29-year-old announced that he and his wife welcomed their first child together, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie, on March 19.

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Today is a particularly special day for Maria and I… and it’s special because in order to get to where we are today, with the joy of our newborn in our arms, my wife and I went through trials. I felt compelled to share this because I had no clue just how difficult trying to start a family could be. See, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie has brothers and sisters… Maria and I suffered three miscarriages before finally being able to carry Pia to full term. While it was insanely difficult recovering from miscarriage after miscarriage, we knew if we were ever going to be able to hold a baby of our own in our arms that we must not let the tragedy affect our marriage, but rather grow closer together! We stayed faithful to that conviction and had a little help from @franciscus. The reason Pia’s middle name is Francesca is because I personally asked pope Francis to pray for Maria and I to have a baby. He took our hands, held them together, said a special blessing, then looked up and told me not to worry that a baby would be coming – that was pretty much exactly nine months ago. For all those who are struggling #pray #hope and #dontworry !! Always.

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However, as he explained, their joy came after months of hardships:

Today is a particularly special day for Maria and I… and it’s special because in order to get to where we are today, with the joy of our newborn in our arms, my wife and I went through trials. I felt compelled to share this because I had no clue just how difficult trying to start a family could be.

The new dad went on to reveal that Maria had experienced three miscarriages before carrying Pia to term.

He continued:

See, Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie has brothers and sisters… Maria and I suffered three miscarriages before finally being able to carry Pia to full term. While it was insanely difficult recovering from miscarriage after miscarriage, we knew if we were ever going to be able to hold a baby of our own in our arms that we must not let the tragedy affect our marriage, but rather grow closer together! We stayed faithful to that conviction and had a little help from [Pope Francis.]

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Henrie explained that he had the opportunity, following one of their miscarriages, to personally ask Pope Francis to pray for his wife and for their family:

The reason Pia’s middle name is Francesca is because I personally asked pope Francis to pray for Maria and I to have a baby. He took our hands, held them together, said a special blessing, then looked up and told me not to worry that a baby would be coming – that was pretty much exactly nine months ago.

He concluded, “For all those who are struggling, pray, hope and don’t worry!! Always.”

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