Pope Francis makes constant requests to St. Joseph
May 01, 2014
Pope Francis keeps a small wooden statue of St. Joseph at his residence, and routinely writes prayer petitions that he slips beneath the statue, reports Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa.
The statue, about 15 inches long, depicts St. Joseph asleep—as he was when he received messages from heaven. Pope Francis had the statue shipped from his old residence in Buenos Aires soon after his election to the papacy; he had similar images of St. Joseph at each of his previous residences.
As the Pope continues to put slips of paper under the pedestal, containing his prayer requests, “the statuette slowly rises,” Tornielli reports.