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Pope Francis shares how his life 'was saved by a nun'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 9th, 2013
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Pope Francis has shared how a nun, who was more accustomed to dealing with the ill and infirm knew to increase his medication, and thus save his life when he a deadly lung infection as a young man. In the new book, "I Fioretti di Papa Francesco," ("The Little Flowers of Pope Francis"), veteran Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli tells how the pontiff spoke of his gratitude to the nuns who worked in the hospital where he was ill as a 21-year-old man.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Francis says the nun saved his life by increasing his medication when he suffered from a lung condition.

"I am alive thanks to one of them," Pope Francis said. "When I had lung problems in the hospital, the doctor gave me penicillin and antibiotics in small doses.

"The nun who was on the ward tripled that because she had an intuition, she knew what to do, because she was with the ill all day long," the pope said.

"The doctor, who was very good, spent his time in a laboratory, but the nun was living on the front line and talking with those on the front line every day."

Pope Francis' previous health condition was addressed when after his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI resigned due to his failing health and inability to handle the job.
 
Francis reportedly had three cysts on his lung before part of it was removed. Concerns had been raised over the health of the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio when the 76-year-old was elected in March this year.

"This is not a handicap in his life," Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman said at the time. "Those who know him have always seen him in good health."

The pope is due to celebrate his 77th birthday next week. "His health is good and he shows great stamina," the book's author, Andrea Tornielli told reporters. "He works many hours a day and spends many hours a week greeting people in St Peter's Square in the freezing cold."

Tornielli also revealed how Pope Francis' made a personal telephone call to a cleaning woman employed at Buenos Aires' airport who sought his support for her drug-addicted son. The pope telephoned the woman and her son and told them he would pray for them.

When the pope was still archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2009, he took a strong stand when a prominent priest Father 'Pepe' Jose Maria di Paolo was receiving death threats for his work with drug addicts. "I would prefer they kill me than one of you," Pope Francis reportedly said.

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