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Pope Francis And The Women In His Life

In a book-interview with French researcher Dominique Wolton, Pope Francis recalls the “€œwomen in his life”€: grandmothers, mother . . . but also a Paraguayan Communist and a Jewish psychoanalyst who “€œhelped”€ him “€œa lot.”€

On September 1, 2017, Le Figaro Magazine published excerpts of the work “€œPope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society”€ (Editions de L”€™Observatoire, 432 pages), whose publication is scheduled for September 6.

“€œI thank God to have known true women in my life,”€ confides the Pontiff to the sociologist, whom he received a dozen times at the Vatican. “€œMy two grandmothers were very different, but they were both true women. They were mothers, they worked, they were courageous, they spent time with their grandchildren, but always with this dimension of woman,”€ he explains.

He also paid tribute to his mother, who lived in such a way as “€œnot to waste anything”€ and who “€œfaced problems one after the other . . . She was a woman, a mother.”€

Another woman in the Pope”€™s life was Esther Balestrino De Careaga, a chemist, head of the Department where she worked, who taught him “€œthe political reality.”€ She was a Communist from Paraguay, recalls Pope Francis who thought that “€œChristians are the Communists. It”€™s the others who stole our banner!”€

He also recalls a Jewish psychoanalyst: “€œAt a moment of my life when I was in need of consulting . . . I went to her for six months once a week to clarify certain things. She was very good, very professional as a doctor and psychoanalyst; she always stayed in her place.”€

“€œShe helped me a lot. At the time I was already 42,”€ he specifies. And then one day, when she was about to die, she called me. Not for the Sacraments, because she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue,”€ he adds.

“€œIt”€™s important for a man to have sisters, very important,”€ he stressed, recalling his girl friends of adolescence, “€˜little fiancees.”€™”€

“€œI was enriched by being always in relationship with women,”€ says the Pope. “€œWomen see things in a different way from men . . . in face of a decision to take, in face of a problem, it”€™s important to listen to the two.”€


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