Meeting a mother mourning a newborn baby and visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution are moments from the Year of Mercy that remain impressed on Pope Francis’s heart.
The Pope reviewed the Holy Year in a 40-minute interview aired last Sunday on TV2000, a television station owned by the Italian bishops’ conference.
Describing a visit to the neonatal ward of Rome’s San Giovanni Hospital in September, he said: “There was a woman who cried and cried and cried standing by her two infants – tiny, but beautiful.
The third had died. She cried for that dead child while she caressed the other two.”
“I thought of the practice of getting rid of babies before they are born – this horrible crime. They get rid of them because ‘it’s better that way’, because it is easier, ‘it is a big responsibility’. That is a serious sin.”
He said: “This woman had three children and wept for the one who died; she was unable to console herself with the two remaining.”
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