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Meet the Women in Pope Francis’ Life

Women from all walks of life clearly love Pope Francis. And he values them just the same!

The Pope’s admiration for women is well-known. And the female universe also has a soft spot for him. This is because the Pope knows how to be a lolo, a brother, or a friend to them. Even when he is practically an authority, his voice is tender and reaches straight to everyone’s heart–characteristics that are hardly found together in the same man.

Just think of what usually happens during the Pope’s general audiences. All mothers compete to put their babies in his arms, newlywed brides come to him to have their marriage blessed, and little girls send him letters every day just to wish him well! Not to mention the nuns!

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Women from all walks of life clearly love Pope Francis. And he loves them just the same. But there are several women in the Pope’s life who certainly love him more.

A Devotee

(Left) Mary Undoer of Knots; (Right) The Pope has a great devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He canonized the saint’s parents and is always asking for her intercession.

Pope Francis is devoted to Mary Undoer of Knots. In fact, the pope is very proactive when it comes to sharing this devotion to people close in his life. He is also very attached to the Salus Populi Romani, the Marian image to whom the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome is dedicated. Pope Francis is also a devotee of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

Family Man

(Left to Right) Mama Regina, grandmother Rosa, and sister Maria Elena Bergoglio (photos courtesy of Il Mio Papa and NCR Online)

Speaking of the women in the Pope’s life, there certainly is his mother Regina to whom he owes his love for music, especially for opera.

Then there’s the Pope’s grandmother Rosa whom he often mentions in his speeches. Rosa was the first to share the Christian to young Jorge.

And lastly, there’s the Pope’s sister, Maria Elena. When Fr. Jorge became a cardinal, Maria Elena came with him to Rome. “They wanted Jorge to take the limousine,” she said. “But instead, we went on foot and walked through the city—he with his ‘flat feet,’ which always hurt him.” 

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Avid Fan

Pope Francis meets with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in the Vatican to talk about her film, Unbroken. (Photo from Vatican Media)

Pope Francis is also a supporter of modern women. One of them is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. Pope Francis personally invited her to the Vatican to talk about Unbroken, her film which featured the life of Louis Zamperini— an athlete and hero of the Second World War. 

There’s also the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the Pope has personally met thrice. Among other things, he shared with her his studies in chemistry and his passion for pizza. 

Lastly, there is the French journalist Caroline Pigozzi. Pope Francis has genuine affection and respect for this reporter of Paris Match, a weekly magazine in France. As a journalist who greatly admires the Pope’s works, Caroline has already met Lolo Kiko multiple times. She personally interviewed him on October 9, 2015 in Casa Santa Marta and even gave him a portrait of St. Thérèse of Lisieux during his flight to the Philippines in 2015. 

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