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In handwritten letter, Pope Francis praises Sister Gramick’s 50 years of ministry

January 10, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has written a letter to Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, the subject of a 1999 notification by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a 2010 statement by the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“I am thinking of your 50 years of ministry, which were 50 years with this ‘style of God,’ 50 years of closeness, of compassion and of tenderness,” Pope Francis wrote on December 10. “You have not been afraid of ‘closeness,’ and in getting close you did it ‘suffering with’ and without condemning anyone, but with the ‘tenderness’ of a sister and a mother. Thank you, Sister Jeannine, for all your closeness, compassion and tenderness.”

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 11, 2022 8:54 PM ET USA

    You hypocrite! Then write a similar letter to SSPX.

  • Posted by: Sciamej1913 - Jan. 11, 2022 7:02 PM ET USA

    I, as with so many Catholics I know, just do not know what is causing all of these mixed messages from the Vatican. one wonders and weakens the respect we all want to have for the Holy Father. He is being misled! We just convey through whatever sources possible that there is a current in that runs in the Vatican that does not bode well for our Church, the church of the People of God. We all pray but we must see some improvement.

  • Posted by: frjt - Jan. 10, 2022 9:58 AM ET USA

    I guess his handwritten note to "courage" the truly Catholic ministry must have been "lost" by fr martin, sj🙄