By Devin Watkins
Sister Maria Mucci spent many years serving Pope Francis, as well as numerous Vatican visitors, at the Casa Santa Marta.
Having fallen ill, she is now in the infirmary at her congregation’s house in Rome, the Regina Mundi House.
So, on Sunday evening, Pope Francis popped in for a quick visit to the ailing nun.
He also paused for a picture with members of the Daughters of Charity community staffing the residence, along with employees and guests.
At the end of his visit, the Holy Father gave them all his blessing.
Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, the Order’s Superior General, announced the news on his Facebook page.
Venerating his predecessor’s relic
Another special moment occurred when Pope Francis contemplated a relic of his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II.
The relic is the bloodstained shirt worn by the Polish Pope when he was shot by a gunman in St. Peter’s Square on 13 May 1981. The bullet hole is still visible on the shirt, as well as the cuts made to remove it in the operating room.
Gemelli Hospital, where he received treatment after the assassination attempt, gifted the shirt to the Regina Mundi House for the Jubilee Year of 2000.
The Daughters of Charity keep St. John Paul II’s relic in their chapel where Popes and visitors alike are welcome to venerate it.