- Jan 28, 2020
Women religious work hard to help immigrants coming across the border after they leave detention facilities.
Pope Francis’s surprise visit to the Vincentian Daughters of Charity Sunday was not only another illustration of his personal affection for those around him, but it also shed light on the order itself, which has a history of serving popes and which seems to be emerging as a Francis favorite.
Sisters from the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul have been helping victims of trafficking in Africa.
113-year-old Sister André told La Croix that she worked until she was 104 years old. What she misses now is that she can no longer “read, write, draw, embroider and knit.” However, she said that she still enjoys experiencing the nice weather.
In a message to the Vincentian family, Pope Francis praised St. Vincent de Paul’s prophetic intuition “of valuing the extraordinary feminine abilities that emerged in St. Louise de Marillac’s spiritual finesse and human sensibility.” The pope said the members of both congregations St. Vincent founded — the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Mission — must continue to find their footing upon the rock, which is the “poor Jesus who asks to be recognized in those who are poor and without a voice.”
The Smyllum Park orphanage is currently undergoing investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, after previous residents accused staff of neglect and physical abuse. A new investigation claims hundreds of children from the institution are buried in an unmarked grave at a nearby cemetery.