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Pope mourns death of Domus Sanctae Marthae worker

February 01, 2016

Following his special January 30 jubilee audience, Pope Francis spoke with the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about his residence, Domus Sanctae Marthae.

It is a residence, he explained, that he shares with 40 bishops and priests who work in the Curia, as well as a place where prelates stay as they travel to Rome. The men and women who work at Domus Sanctae Marthae are “part of our family,” and one employee, Elvira, has died after a long illness, leaving behind a husband and children.

“I invite you today to do two works of mercy: to pray for the dead and console the afflicted,” he said, as he asked the pilgrims to pray a Hail Mary for her soul.

Following his greetings to various organizations represented in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked the sick and newlyweds to seek the intercession of St. John Bosco, whose feast was celebrated the following day.


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