Pope Francis paid tribute for the young receptionist at the Pope’s residence, who died recently at her apartment. The 34-year-old, Miriam Woldu, the receptionist, was seven-months-pregnant when she died. She was suffering from diabetes-related complications during her pregnancy.
Before the funeral Mass, Pope Francis prayed silently for 20 minutes for the departed soul. Father Federico Lombardi, the Director of the Holy See Press Office said that the Pope was “showing his great affection and respect for his dear collaborator in the Casa Santa Marta.” He even left a bouquet of 12 white roses.
Last month the Pope had already explained while attending the funeral of a Casa Santa Marta staff, a cleaner named Elvira that his collaborators“are not just employees, but are a part of the family in the house.”