Pope Francis visits Saint Raphaela Mary


Pope Francis made a surprise visit to pray before St. Raphaela Mary in the Handmaid's church in Rome!

On January 2nd, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to pray before St. Raphaela Mary in the Handmaid's church in Rome!  On the visitor's sign in, he left this comment (written originally in Spanish): "I came to give thanks to St. Raphaela Mary for all the good she did for me.  The reading of her life (many times) helped me in a very difficult moment.  Thank you!  Francis."  Pope Francis knew the Handmaids in Argentina, and therefore came to know St. Raphaela Mary well.
 
The story of St. Raphaela has encouraged many people in difficult times and situations, for she too lived through them, and was given the grace to encounter God's ever-present love even here.  
 
St. Raphaela's shrine in the United States is here at St. Raphaela Center.  It is a humble place of prayer, as she would have desired.  You are welcome to come and visit the shrine of the Saint that has also encouraged Pope Francis, as well as to learn more her and her life.  

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