Awww. This is both too cute and too poignant at the same time. The line “grace makes beauty out of ugly things (or events, in this case),” comes to mind.
Last year, Dublin-based photographer Mark Nixon published Much Loved, a collection of photographs of teddy bears with their owner’s stories. In it is a pic of Greg Carroll’s bear, which was given to Bono and Ali at Carroll’s Maori tangi.
Ali tells the story of the bear here (scroll down to the last one, “Greg’s Bear.”
Purchase Nixon’s book of all the photos and stories here.
(Thanks to @U2 reader Rachel Seiler for bringing this to my attention.)