Monday, April 07, 2014

FFI family pleads with Pope

manelli.jpg The Holy Father has a deep devotion to the icon "Salus Populi Romani", the ancient icon in St Mary Major, where the Franciscans of the Immaculate care for the sacristy, under this title Our Lady is patroness of his diocese.

The family of the founder of The Immaculate live in the poor parish of St Gregory the Great in Magliana on the 'peripheries' of his diocese. Here live relatives of the FI's founder father, Fr Stefano Maneli, Pio and Annamaria Manelli, they present the Pope with a copy of the icon of "Salus Populi Romani".

Doing so they said, "Holy Father, we have nine children, six of who are members of Franciscans of the Immaculate. We beg you, release them from the tombs" (La supplichiamo, li tiri fuori dai sepolcri), they presented him with a copy of the icon. The Pope embraced them and replied, "Soon, soon".

thanks to CR

5 comments:

The Bones said...

Please God, let it be so!

Francis said...

Of course the concept of "mañana"
("tomorrow"/"soon") has a somewhat different and maybe more protracted nuance in Spanish...

John Vasc said...

I've just looked up the original Sandro Magister report
http://chiesaepostconcilio.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/un-imprevisto-per-il-papa-alla-magliana.html

The Pope said 'Presto, presto.'

As Magister says: "What he means by 'soon, soon,' is unknown."

Lepanto said...

I'm sure that they felt just as reassured as I do!

Ginge White said...

I think there's little chance of him freeing anyone...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/10782508/Pope-Francis-tells-divorced-woman-she-should-be-allowed-Communion.html