A little back ground information needed: Sr. Maria Victoria was born in Argentina and made Final Profession on January 18 of this year.
|Sr. Maria Victoria reads her Profession Vows|
"The pope finally wrote back," she said as I approached her desk. She gave me an envelope with the return address of the Aspostolic Nunciature in Washington DC. Inside was a blue rosary case with the papal seal containing a pearl white rosary and a picture of Pope Francis signed "Francesco." Alas, there was no actual letter in the envelope.
And, the signature was printed, not written, on the card.
She grinned as she related how after Cardinal Bergoglio was elected she had sent a congratulatory card to him at the Vatican. "I told him I was from HIS city in Argentina and we were praying for him because that is what our community does." She also had sent him a birthday card last month with an invitation to her Final Profession. And just yesterday Maria Victoria's younger sister had written to her asking cheekily, "Has the pope written back yet?"
Our Sr. Cathleen Marie got wind of the fact that Sr. Maria Victoria was trying to contact the pope and decided in December to e-mail Pope Francis himself, but alas the e-mail returned to her.
So she e-mailed L'Osservatore Romano (the Vatican newspaper) asking them to tell Pope Francis about Sr. Maria Victoria with the suggestion that he call her. (With periodic news reports that Pope Francis has called someone out of the blue, maybe it's not so far fetched.)
So, at least someone somewhere in the halls of the Vatican forwarded these requests to the Apostolic Nuncio office in Washington DC where they dutifully sent a rosary and a card.
Heck, it's better than nothing.
Wait...do I hear a phone ringing?