Pope mourns Casa Santa Marta worker

2016-01-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday spoke of his sadness at the death of one of the workers at his residence at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.

The Holy Father said the woman, whom he called Elvira, had been sick for some time.

He was speaking at the conclusion of his first Jubilee audience during this Year of Mercy in St Peter’s Square and he asked the pilgrims present to pray a Hail Mary for the woman and her family.

The Pope described the Casa Santa Marta as big house, where he said about forty priests, and some bishops who are working in the Curia live. There are also, he added, guests who stay, such as cardinals, bishops and lay people who come to Rome for meetings.

Elvira was just one of a group of men and women, who work at the residence cleaning and working in the kitchen and dining room.

Pope Francis said these people were not just employees, they formed part of a family in the house.

 

(from Vatican Radio)