“Close to my pain, I wrote to the Pope and he replied”

PANDINO – «I have never lost faith, despite this terrible misfortune: it was continuing to believe that it helped me to go forward. The Papa you know, when your letter arrived I felt great joy ». Pierina Mura tells his emotions holding the letter written by Monsignor Roberto Cona, councilor for general affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, who wrote to you on behalf of Pope Francis. “In November I lost my husband, Antonio Rich, he was 63 years old – recalls the lady -: Covid-19 took him away in a few days. My four children and I saw him leave in an ambulance and we couldn’t even talk to him from there. A terrible pain, a terrible experience, which has marked us forever ». After a few hours in the emergency room of Crema, given the very serious condition of the patient, due to complications due to the virus, the doctors of the city hospital had arranged for the transfer in red code to the Gavazzeni in Bergamo, where the 63-year-old died five days later. .

“We couldn’t even give him the funeral. All five of us were in quarantine. Ten days later they gave us the

I wrote a letter in one go, addressing it to Pope Francis. I told him what I had been through, the pain, the anguish, the fear for my children. I explained to him that I had not lost faith, that I had found the strength to go on thanks to God and Jesus. I never thought he would answer me.

swab and two of the boys were positive. We stayed indoors for almost a month. We only went out to go to the cemetery, for the blessing of the coffin. ‘ After a few months, regaining strength, also thanks to faith, Pierina took a pen and paper. «I wrote a letter in one go, addressing it to Pope Francis. I told him what I had been through, the pain, the anguish, the fear for my children. I explained to him that I had not lost faith, that I had found the strength to go on thanks to God and Jesus. I never thought he would answer me. With so many people writing to the Pope every day, I certainly had no illusions ». Instead, after three months, it was mid-June, the lady received the letter with the unmistakable symbol of the Vatican secretary of state.

«An immense emotion, I read it in a second – concludes the lady – the Pope let me know that he will pray for Antonio and for us, he infused me with great courage and hope. In his words I found serenity ». In the letter, Monsignor Cona writes, on behalf of the Holy Father, that he also sent the blessed rosary to the Ricco family: «She wanted to confide the pain of the death of her beloved spouse, asking for a sign of spiritual closeness. His Holiness, who in this time of pandemic is particularly close to those who are tried by sickness and suffering, grateful for the feelings of filial affection that have suggested this gesture, assures you of his remembrance in suffrage of Mr. Antonio and, while encouraging you to always entrusting himself to the loving tenderness of God and his inscrutable plans of salvation, he heartily imparts the apostolic blessing, which he willingly extends to loved ones, accompanying them with the enclosed rosary that he blessed and with the wish of every desired good of the Lord “.

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