The Pope is noted for his personal communications with ordinary Catholics. This is a heartwarming one:
On May 13, the very day of her son Jose’s funeral, Bernardita Vial received a letter from Pope Francis.
The Pope had learned about little Jose when he was still in the womb and not expected to survive very long after birth because he had been diagnosed during pregnancy with anencephaly, a condition that usually causes the death of the child shortly after birth. Bernardita had written to Pope Francis a few weeks previously to share her story and her Faith.
The Pope’s letter was read at the funeral.
Go here to read the rest. Here is the text of the Pope’s letter:
Vatican, May 2, 2015
I have received your letter in which I sense the strength with which you are facing this period of your life, certainly very special: these are difficult moments. I am very grateful for this gesture of confidence. May God reward you for your kindness in sending it to me. I am grateful to you for your testimony. It moves me, and your love as a mother and your coherent life do me good.
I assure you that I am with you and that you have my prayers. I will pray for you and your family, as well as for those who share the Christian commitment in favor of life in any circumstance in which it is found, and I will tell the Lord to keep strengthening you, that his presence be your strength in these moments, and to help you be a witness of the merciful love of God for those who pass through similar circumstances. And I ask you to please not to forget to pray for me.
May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin take care of you.